After weeks of speculation, Williams has confirmed the departure of Nico Hulkenberg after a single season.
The German joined the team for his debut season after winning the 2009 GP2 crown and took his maiden pole position in the penultimate round of the year in Brazil.
However, that performance wasn't enough to secure Hulkenberg a second season with the team and although Rubens Barrichello will remain, Williams is now seeking a new driver to fill its second seat.
“First, I would like to thank Nico for his hard work this year, and before that in preparing himself for Formula One,” team principal Frank Williams said. “We are very proud to have supported him as he secured the Formula 3 and GP2 titles and during his debut in Formula One. At Williams we have for many years tried to bring new talent into the sport, and we are convinced that Nico will go on to great things. We wish him well and hope that our paths will cross again in the future.
“We recruited Rubens to Williams knowing that he would bring technical expertise, experience and passion. He has delivered everything we could have hoped for this season and we are delighted to confirm that he will drive for us again in 2011.”
The most likely option to replace Hulkenberg would appear to be Pastor Maldonado, who ironically also replaced the German as the GP2 title winner.