Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2011:5: Nico Rosberg

Team: Mercedes Petronas GPCar: Mercedes-Mercedes W02Races: 19Wins: 0Poles: 0Podiums: 0Fastest Laps: 0Championship points: 89Championship position: 8th

Another solid season for Mercedes' younger German, albeit this time without a top three finish to show for it.

Rosberg appeared to have the better of veteran team-mate Michael Schumacher at the start of the year, but was gradually pegged back by the seven-time champion as the season wore on, eventually finishing just 13 points ahead in the standings.

His best results came in China and Turkey, where he finished fifth, as Mercedes again failed to produce a car to challenge the top three, but Rosberg proved remarkably consistent, with just two DNFs - neither of which were his fault - and three non-scoring results. The results also belie some of his early-race performances, including spells running at the front in both Turkey and, after a blistering getaway, Belgium.

He was linked with Ferrari at the start of the 'silly season', but the 26-year old instead inked an extension to his deal with the Three-Pointed Star that will keep him at Brackley for the foreseeable future.

F1 Driver of the Year Top 10:6. Michael Schumacher 7. Mark Webber 8. Heikki Kovalainen 9. Kamui Kobayashi 10. Adrian Sutil



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