Nico Rosberg’s rise to become a Formula 1 driver began in 2004 when he had an official test for the BMW Williams team, but it wasn’t until late on in the 2005 season that saw Nico confirmed as the teams official test driver. This put him in the position to move up to a race seat and partner Mark Webber during the 2006 season. However hopes for this up and coming young star to have a great opening season were quickly dashed when the reliability and pace of the Williams FW28 came up short.
Although Rosberg scored 2 points in his opening race, consistent mechanical problems dashed many a promising race prospects. He retired 9 times during the course of the 2006 season and only managed to pick up another 2 points at the European Grand Prix.
Nico remained with the Williams team for 2007 and with improved pace and car reliability he enjoy a much more rewarding season. He scored points on 7 different occasions totalling 20 points as well as a career best finish in 4th at the final round in Brazil. Rosberg only suffered 3 retirements all season, making him one of the more reliable drivers in the field. His strong season saw him help the Williams team finish a fine 4th in the Constructors Championship.
The 2008 season opener at Australia saw Rosberg claim his first ever podium finish. Hopes for a return to the high days of a couple of years ago may have looked promising at this point. However a dip in performance relegated the Williams team to the back of the mid-field teams and out of the points. Yet in some cases when chaos engulfed a race Nico Rosberg was not far away from capitalising on this, as was the case at the Singapore Grand Prix where he claimed an outstanding second place finish.
However this was a highlight of a season where the independently funded Williams team struggled to keep up with the pace of the other larger teams. Without a doubt Rosberg is one of the most talented young drivers in the field at the moment and with the announcement that he is set to stay with Williams for the following season.
2009 proved to be a break through season for the young German, an improved package from Williams and some dogged great drives saw him score all the teams points in 2009 as well as finish the season an impressive 7th with 34.5 points. Rosberg scored points in 8 consecutive races, which was only beaten that year by championship winner Jenson Button. Although he didn’t score any podiums the German’s best result was 4th, which he took at both the German & Hungarian GP’s. A strong drive at the Singapore GP could have seen him on the podium if not his maiden win; however a drive through penalty for crossing the white line exiting the pits dropped him out of contention. Rosberg’s reliability was also strong in 2009, failing to finish only 1 race, the Brazilian GP.
Mercedes GP (2010-Present)
Rosberg left Williams at the end of 2009 season and was immediately signed up to drive for the new Mercedes GP team (formally Brawn GP) in 2010.