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Nico Rosberg

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Nico Rosberg (born June 27, 1985 in Wiesbaden, Germany) is a German-Finnish Formula One race car driver for the Williams team.

He won the 2005 GP2 Series for the ART team, having raced in Formula Three Euroseries previously for his father's team.

Offered a place on the aerodynamics course at Imperial College, London; Rosberg declined and in 2005 joined the ART Grand Prix team in the newly created GP2 Series. He had an excellent year, and went on to become the first driver to win the GP2 title. The series is supposed to be a level playing field, with all cars equal. Some claimed that Nico was aided by his team being able to find speed in the car that others could not. Patrick Head of WilliamsF1 discounts that claim however, having stated that he has heard from "someone in authority" that ART had no car advantage.

He qualified third at the next round Malaysia, an impressive performance from the rookie driver, considering that this was just his third Grand Prix. But his Cosworth engine, on its second mandatory race, blew up after only seven laps. Rosberg did manage to get into the points for the second time in the 2006 season at the European Grand Prix, benefiting from the hydraulic failure of his teammate.

The rest of the 2006 season didn't go well for young Rosberg, retired in four of the next seven Grand Prix, and in the ones he did finish he was outside the points. His closest attempt to get into the points was in Britain, where he was just one second behind eighth placed Jacques Villeneuve. Rosberg scored a total of four points, three less than teammate Webber, over the course of what was a disappointing season for both himself and for the Williams team.

Williams brought in new Toyota engines for 2007, along with a new teammate, Alexander Wurz. Rosberg's old teammate, Mark Webber, had moved to partner David Coulthard at Red Bull Racing. Initially, the Toyota powered FW29 showed potential in the pre-season test sessions. However, Rosberg remained realistic, "in F1 you cannot normally just jump back to the front from one year to the next" he said in an interview with Formula1.com.

"Early in the race I thought I was set for a good result because I was running fifth and the car felt really good, but then the Safety Car came out on lap 21... I had to stop for fuel on lap 23, which meant I missed the re-fuelling window by 13 seconds and that effectively ended my race. New rules punish people who pit immediately after the Safety Car comes out, so I was given a 10s stop-go penalty and all I could manage after that was 10th place."

He has so far only suffered two retirements; hydraulic failure 14 laps from home in Malaysia and an oil leak at the US Grand Prix 5 laps from the finish (although classified 16th). He was on course for 6th place after starting 14th having "glazed" his brakes during qualifying, therefore damaging his confidence.

During the first half of 2007 season luck had not been with the Rosberg, who had been forced to watch as his teammate Alexander Wurz scored the greater amount of point, despite Rosberg's greater pace. Later on that season Rosberg eventually passed his teammate in world championship points.


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