Williams Prepare Multi-Year Contract for Hulkenberg

Williams' chief of engineering dropped a strong hint that Nico Hulkenberg will be given a race drive for the upcoming season of Formula One following this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix. The 64-year old Briton expressed his belief that the 22-year old German will make a powerful impact in his first season in the series, although he didn't confirm whether it will be this season or the next.

Williams is currently fielding Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima in the championship, but both are expected to leave the team at the end of the year. Rosberg has been strongly linked with a move to Brawn GP next year, while replaced by Rubens Barrichello at the Grove based team. As for Nakajima, Williams' finished business with Toyota at the end of 2009 will surely lead to the Japanese driver having to find another racing spot in the series.

The drivers who have won GP2 in their first year - Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton - are all pretty outstanding, and I think Nico will be outstanding as well,” said Head, who also hinted that Williams are decided to offer the German star a multi-year contract in order to have him at Grove for as many years as possible.

If Nico proves in the future that he is at that (top) level, I hope by that time we're able to still be running him because our finances are strong,” added the Williams official, hinting that the British team will try to avoid the Rosberg situation in the near future.

Hulkenberg has so far won every championship he contested in – from that point of view, his profile fits perfectly with Lewis Hamilton's – including the F3 Euroseries, A1GP and GP2 Series. In addition, he has been reserve driver for Williams team since the beginning of the year.
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