News reaches us this morning that’s about as surprising as the clocks going back, that we didn’t have a proper UK summer and that Fernando Alonso is driving for Ferrari next year: Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg are in at Williams.
OK, so it’s a bit more surprising than those other three things, but it’s been a badly kept secret for a good few weeks that Rubens was going to be driving for Williams in 2010.
And it’s been equally as non-secret that GP2 series winner Nico would be the young up-and-coming foil to Rubens’ experience of three million race starts.
So out goes the other Nico, Rosberg, who’s spent his entire five-year F1 career with Williams. He’s probably just doing a straight swap with Rubens, to partner incoming World Champ ‘our Jens’ Button at Brawn GP.
Which makes another couple of excellent driver pairings for the 2010 season: Alonso and Felipe Massa at Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton and probably Kimi Raikkonen at McLaren, the current Red Bull line-up, and Robert Kubica with likely partner Timo Glock at Renault.
And there’s still more partnerships to come now the silly season has stepped into full swing.