F1 »

Rosberg casts doubt on Williams' title credentials..

Nico Rosberg has admitted that he doesn't ever see Williams returning as an F1 title challenger, hence his decision to move elsewhere for 2010.

Nico Rosberg has gone some way to explaining his impending departure from the Williams team by claiming that he doubts it can recapture the glory it enjoyed in the 1980s and '90s.

Having been linked to a number of teams for 2010, Rosberg finally confirmed the expected on the eve of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, announcing that he would be leaving Williams, although he was unable to divulge the identity of his new employer. With German roots, however, the son of 1982 F1 world champion Keke is expected to wind up with one of two Mercedes-powered teams, either McLaren or, more likely, Brawn.

"My future hasn't been decided yet," he admitted to Britain's Metro newspaper, "I've been with Williams for a long time and it will be hard to leave because we have had such a good understanding and mutual respect, [but] I don't know if they can produce a car capable of winning the championship again. They can build a good car certainly, but I'm not sure it's possible to make one which can go all the way."

Williams' 'problems', Rosberg muses, won't be helped by the apparent strength of certain rivals, including both of the teams he has been linked with.

"It appears [that we're heading to a 'big four' situation]," he noted, "McLaren, Brawn, Red Bull and Ferrari are pulling away from the pack all the time and the rule changes aren't really going to affect them too much, so I can only see them stretching their advantage in 2010. It is going to be difficult [to make the podium in Abu Dhabi] because there are at least six cars that are faster than us at the moment in McLaren, Brawn and Red Bull, so I'm just hoping to get some decent points - but it will be very tough."

Despite remaining tight-lipped about his possible move to Brawn, Rosberg diplomatically recognises the impact the phoenix that rose from the ashes of Honda has made this season.

"Jenson [Button] had a fantastic season - he did a good job for his team and was a worthy winner," he reflected, "It was an amazing story for Brawn GP. Their build-up to the season made all the difference because they obviously put in a lot of effort to build a great car and then carried on developing that car during the season.

Despite expecting to be giving chase to both McLaren and Brawn this weekend, however, Rosberg insists that he will not simply be going through the motions at Yas Marina.

"Not at all, there are still a lot of important things going on," he concluded, "We're sixth in the constructors' championship and BMW Sauber is only two-and-a-half points away, so it's important we stay in front of them.

"For me, I'm seventh in the drivers' championship and I need to defend my position because Jarno Trulli is only four points behind me. There are still a lot of things at stake, so the team is fully motivated and I will be pushing very hard. When the race is over, I won't start testing again until next year, so there is plenty of time to relax."

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW31, British F1, Silverstone, 19th-21st, June, 2009
28.05.2017 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
28.05.2017 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
28.05.2017 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 retires from the race
28.05.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
28.05.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
28.05.2017 - Race, Charlene Wittstock Princess of Monaco and Nico Rosberg (GER)
28.05.2017 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) and Chris Hemsworth (AUS) Actor
28.05.2017 - Race, Mika Hakkinen (FIN), ex F1 driver and Nikki Lauda (AU), Mercedes
28.05.2017 - Race, Mansour Ojeh, Manseur Ojeh, McLaren shareholder and Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director
28.05.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
28.05.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
28.05.2017 - Race, Vivian wife of Nico Rosberg (GER)
28.05.2017 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
28.05.2017 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER and Chris Hemsworth (AUS) Actor
28.05.2017 - Race, Serena Williams (USA)
28.05.2017 - Race, Jacky Ickx (BEL), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32 and Eddy Merckx

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

gonen6t - Unregistered

October 30, 2009 2:54 PM

The more this guy opens his mouth the less I like him...Williams can't build a Winning car. I am sure He would have said the same thing about Brawn before the 2009 season started. I find Rosberg arrogant, and just an average pilot.

Steve Pearce - Unregistered

October 30, 2009 3:19 PM

I agree in principle, though im inclined to agree about Williams. I want them to succeed more than any team on the grid and have been a fan since i started watching f1 around the age of 6 (1992). They have a great set of minds but for one reason or another (most likely money, or lackof) i dont see them challenging for titles on a regular basis. They has high hopes for this year but that faded pretty quickly, sadly. But given a chance and a good winter they can certainly challenge for race victories!

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.