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Williams set to keep drivers in 2011

ESPNF1 Staff
July 25, 2010 « Webber expects Ferrari resurgence | »
Williams co-owner Toto Wolff wants to keep Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg © Sutton Images

Williams looks set to keep the same driver line up in 2011.

Team figures indicated recently that the extension of Rubens Barrichello's contract is a mere formality. The Brazilian veteran's current team-mate is the reigning GP2 champion Nico Hulkenberg, who said recently he was worried about losing his seat for 2011.

"Ah, that was more of a joke," the 22-year-old German told F1's official website. "Obviously I would be disappointed should I lose it. It means that I have to perform as well as I can and be as strong as I can to convince the team that I belong here."

He admits that team owners Frank Williams and Patrick Head "expected some more points" from him so far in 2010 - currently he has 2 compared with Barrichello's 29.

When asked by motorline.cc if both Hulkenberg and Barrichello will still be racing for Williams in 2011, the team's third co-owner Toto Wolff said: "That is the likelihood, yes."

Wolff bought an undisclosed minority share of the Grove based team from Williams and Head late last year.