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McLaren favourite urged against switch.

As the guessing games continue over who is set to partner Lewis Hamilton at McLaren-Mercedes during the 2008 Formula 1 season, the driver believed to be most favoured by the British outfit has been strongly advised against making the move.

From the moment the Fernando Alonso-McLaren divorce was finalised, the paddock whispers had Nico Rosberg coming in to take his place. While those rumours refuse to go away, the young German's current employer Williams took the step of issuing what was to all intents and purposes a 'hands off' warning to McLaren, as the Grove-based squad seeks to protect the man who is arguably its number one asset.

Rosberg and Hamilton have raced against each other throughout the junior ranks, but Nico's father and manager – 1982 F1 world champion Keke Rosberg – has always gone to great efforts to keep his son out of the same team as Lewis. With the latter firmly ensconced at Woking and having seen off the challenge of a double world champion in his maiden campaign in the top flight, Michael Schumacher's manager Willi Weber argued a move to McLaren now could be akin to career suicide for 22-year-old Rosberg.

“McLaren could very quickly destroy his career,” Weber told German daily newspaper Bild-Zeitung. “Hamilton is their number one, even if officially they will not say it.”

The paper also claimed despite Sir Frank Williams' protestations that he has no intention of letting his young charge go, he may be yet persuaded to part company with Rosberg should McLaren boss Ron Dennis be willing to compensate him to the tune of at least $22 million.

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L Mark - Unregistered

November 21, 2007 5:56 PM

Dear Dale, Let us not forget McLaren are already dealing with one Daddy - Daddy Hamilton. Can Daddy Hamilton and Daddy Rosberg work together? We already know that McLaren treat both racers with equal status. BUT Will Mclaren give equal Daddy status to both Daddies!? Or will Mclaren have to give Daddy team orders?! Are there any FIA rules for the status of Daddies inside the team!? Will McLaren have only one racer if Daddy Rosberg REJECTS Daddy Hamilton? This looks like even more bad news for Hamilton and Daddy Hamilton. Hamilton may have to race two McLaren race cars all by himself in 2008! Maybe Daddy Hamilton can drive the other mclaren car sometimes! ;)

S. Alec - Unregistered

November 21, 2007 5:23 PM

Quote" Then we hear Willi Weber say that "McLaren could very quickly destroy his career," Weber told German daily newspaper Bild-Zeitung. "Hamilton is their number one, even if officially they will not say it." This is damn right, Mclaren clearly has no driver equality. Why do you think Alonso left. He wants to be at least equal and could not get that from Mclaren. Nico would have a nighmare there. He'd be better at Williams because McLaren LH (being a pure driving talent) is not capable to develop the car, but will certainly benefit from his teammates hard work setting up the car.

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