Mercedes eye Rosberg for McLaren

The signs are growing that Nico Rosberg is set to move from Williams to the Mercedes-powered McLaren team at the end of the season as Mercedes competition boss Norbert Haug speaks in ever more flattering tones about the 24-year-old, who is openly assessing his options at the end of his current contract. Haug admits he is keen to see a compatriot at the wheel of the so-called 'silver arrows', while McLaren figures have so far been non-committal when asked about Heikki Kovalainen's chances of remaining at the team beyond the year. "We must set ourselves up to win races and championships, and if this can be done with a German driver, all the better," Haug said in an interview with the SID news agency.

"In the past ten years we tried with Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel," said Haug, who admits contractual hurdles thwarted deals being done with the latter two.
Rosberg however is a free agent for next year, and Haug said that since making his debut in 2006 the German racer has ‘earned a Formula One ritterschlag (knighthood)’.
Haug said the team is currently contemplating its next driver line-up but would prefer not to speak about those musings in the media.
"Perhaps our drivers will remain the same, perhaps they will change," he admitted. "At the moment I don't think there is large time pressure. It can be decided in the next couple of months."

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