Nico Rosberg has signalled his increasing frustrations at being forced to continuously fight at the lower end of the points in the Williams-Toyota as speculation regarding his future begins to gather pace.

Following a difficult maiden season that failed to live up to the promise of his first few races, Rosberg has impressed many this year with his much improved consistency and speed in the more reliable Toyota-powered Williams.

However, Rosberg admits it is getting increasingly difficult to feature in the points as the leading three teams, McLaren, Ferrari and BMW, are proving tough to beat, while they as a team are unable to develop as fast.

"Recently it has not been going so well," he told German newspaper Sport Bild. "It is getting ever more difficult to drive into the points. Ferrari, McLaren and BMW reserve the first six places anyway, if everything runs normally. World Champions Renault are becoming strong again at last too and there are only points for the first eight drivers..."

Although he finished seventh last time out at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Rosberg admits he is getting increasingly frustrated at not being able to challenge the top flight with a Williams car that, he coyly suggests, the team are having to push to the edge to maintain competitiveness.

"The reliability is a problem," he added, "but it does not help to criticise it in public. Criticism may take place only internally."

Rosberg is hot property on the Formula 1 market though, his contract with Williams expiring at the end of the season and rumours abound that he is being courted by several top teams. Indeed, should Fernando Alonso choose to walk from McLaren, Rosberg is expected to be in-line to replace him, although with places in the top three teams scarce at the moment, Toyota are instead thought to be favourites for his signature.

Nonetheless, Rosberg knows Williams want to retain him for 2008, not least because they consider him to be as good as fellow GP2 Series champion Lewis Hamilton.

"The team can see what I am doing with the car. Frank Williams and Patrick Head are not normal humans, who break out into excitement unless you are at the maximum, but you feel the respect from the team continues to increase. Frank thinks I am as good as Lewis - but I know Frank really wants to keep me in the team in 2008.

"Clearly it would be great to drive completely in front and to have a car that's strong enough to win, but that is not for me at the moment. I must accept that everything I do will be compared to Lewis."

 

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