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Nico Rosberg to leave Williams after season finale

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Latest update : 2009-10-29

German driver Nico Rosberg says Sunday's Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi will be his last with the Williams team, amid speculation he may join champions Brawn GP next year.

German Nico Rosberg will leave the Williams team after Sunday's inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the driver confirmed on Thursday.
  
Rosberg, the 24-year-old son of original 'flying Finn' Keke Rosberg, the 1982 world champion, said he would be sad to leave so many friends behind - and declined to make any comment on his future.
  
But he took the opportunity to make strong remarks about the standards of driving in modern Formula One - and demanded clarification from the organisers on what is, and what is not, allowed.
  
Rosberg has been linked with a switch to the champion Brawn GP team next year, but refused to confirm the switch was imminent.
  
He said: "It is my last race for Williams. And that is it really. It is a bit strange because for four or five years, it is the only team I have worked with, so it has been a long time.
  
"I get on with everybody really well, obviously, and a lot of respect has built up - with the mechanics and everyone. So it will be quite strange to leave."
  
He added: "I don't want to talk about my future. I just want to say that I won't be at Williams, because that is for sure."
  
And he then said that he would be more interested in talking about the standards of driving in F1 - shortly before bickering duo Jarno Trulli and Adrian Sutil, who crashed in Brazil two weeks ago, continued their row by arguing in public during an official news conference.
  
Rosberg said: "(Rubens) Barrichello, (Mark) Webber and (Kamui) Kobayashi all did exactly the same thing - defended too aggressively.
  
"With Webber, (Kimi) Raikkonen lost his front wing, with Kobayashi, (Kazuki) Nakajima had a massive off, which could have been much worse - you can really hurt yourself, marshals and others in that sort of accident.
  
"And with Barrichello, Lewis (Hamilton) ran into the back of his tyre. That was the third time - and it is not allowed to happen.
  
"It is Michael Schumacher who started this, like at Spa [in 2000], when Mika Hakkinen tried to overtake him and he ran him off the track. When the guy behind has made a decision [to pass] and the guy in front then moves over, it is very dangerous. You cannot do that.
  
"That was the first time I remember it being a dangerous issue, so it needs to be looked at and clarified from my point of view. I will be mentioning it in the drivers' briefing.
  
"I am not saying anyone has done anything wrong [in Brazil], because there has not been a clarification about it, but the view of the drivers needs to be taken into account and we say it is very dangerous. Something needs to be changed."
 

Date created : 2009-10-29

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