As the Tuesday deadline from Briatore to Alonso expired, one would expect some announcement to come from that direction. But it came from elsewhere. Williams F1 team confirmed Kazuki Nakajima and Nico Rosberg as their 2008 race drivers.
Statement from the team:
“After two seasons of racing for AT&T Williams, Rosberg is an established and highly regarded talent and he will form the mainstay of the team’s continued drive towards the front of the field.”
And from Frank Williams:
“I am delighted to confirm that Nico will be racing for the team for his third consecutive year after demonstrating impressive and widely applauded form in 2007. Nico will be ably partnered by Kazuki, who has impressed the team over the past year. He has pace and the right aptitude to develop into a competitive Formula One racer and over the course of the next season, we will provide him with all the necessary support and assistance to hone his talents.”
Somehow I am not sure this will stop the Rosberg to McLaren rumours anytime soon. Therefore until the McLaren line up is confirmed I only going to fill up one blank spot on the 2008 drivers list – Nakajima for Williams.