F1 »

Rosberg 'always wanted' Schumacher as his team-mate

Far from feeling intimidated by the prospect of having the most successful driver in the sport's history alongside him in F1 2010 in the shape of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg is relishing the challenge, reveals Mercedes-Benz chief Norbert Haug
Some might be surmising that his dream move to Mercedes Grand Prix swiftly degenerated into a nightmare when it transpired who was to be his team-mate in F1 2010, but Norbert Haug has revealed that Nico Rosberg 'has always wanted' to race in the same team as record-breaking seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.

Rosberg's defection from Williams – after four seasons of admirable loyalty in the face of frustratingly fluctuating and inconsistent form from the Grove-based outfit – to the reigning double world champions was initially viewed as his break into the big-time, but when it was announced that compatriot Schumacher was to drive the sister Silver Arrow, the attention was suddenly deflected away from him again.

Whilst the team is insisting to the outside world that there will be no number one and number two driver hierarchy at Brackley in 2010, the switch of car numbers – allowing Schumacher to race his favoured No.3, and leaving Rosberg lumbered with the 'unlucky' No.4 [see separate story – click here] – and close relationship between the Kerpen native and team principal Ross Brawn are already suggesting otherwise.

The son of 1982 F1 World Champion Keke Rosberg, say the sceptics, will now simply slot into a subservient supporting role, in much the same manner as did the likes of Riccardo Patrese, JJ Lehto, Jos Verstappen, Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine and Rubens Barrichello – merely another lamb to the inevitable slaughter.

Not so, stresses Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Vice-President Haug, who argues that if 'Schumi' has been the lead driver at F1 teams in the past, it is because he has earned it on the basis of his performance inside the car.

“Nico has found his desired configuration,” the 57-year-old told German news agency DPA. “He has always wanted to drive [for] the Silver Arrows in Formula 1, and to have Michael Schumacher as his team-mate. That may sound like a fabulous PR statement, but it is precisely the truth.

“To be a team's number one is achieved only through extraordinary effort, and I trust that both of our drivers will give this, especially if we give them a very good car.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
23.06.2006 Montreal, Canada, Norbert Haug (GER), Mercedes, Motorsport chief - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Friday
Norbert Haug - Mercedes Motorsport chief
Norbert Haug won`t hear a bad word about Juan Montoya...
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lando Norris, McLaren Autosport BRDC Awards [Credit: Martyn Pass PR]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Daniel Ricciardo tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

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.


George Zaidan

January 23, 2010 9:34 PM
Last Edited 314 days ago

okay everyone please agree with BA so that he doesn't get so flustered... next he'll be suggesting that we all go thru a test to see if we're qualified to post on these threads. what's for supper darling XOXOXO :blush: ps I didn't agree with your post... "Put this way - A Shuey Mercedes win..." why? because it sounds childish



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

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