24 Nov 2009

Rosberg joins Mercedes F1 team

6:53 am on 24 November 2009

The Mercedes Formula One team has named Nico Rosberg as one of its 2010 drivers while failing to kill off speculation that retired champion Michael Schumacher could partner him in an all-German line-up.

Rosberg is the son of Finland's 1982 world champion Keke and will be the first German to race for a factory Mercedes team since Karl Kling and Hans Herrmann drove the old 'Silver Arrows in 1955.

The 24-year-old has spent the last four seasons at Williams, with second place in Singapore last year his best result in 70 starts.

He says about time a German was in a Silver Arrow again.

Mercedes have been partners to McLaren, who will have an all-British line-up next year with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, for 10 years but have now taken over champions Brawn GP.