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Updated: September 8, 2009 18:59 IST

Rosberg a candidate for McLaren

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Williams F1 driver Nico Rosberg
AP Williams F1 driver Nico Rosberg

Williams driver Nico Rosberg is a candidate to drive with the McLaren-Mercedes for next year’s Formula One season, Mercedes sports chief Norbert Haug said.

“Nico is a candidate with whom we are talking,” Haug said in a telephone conference.

However Haug said the team had not yet decided on whether a driver would have to leave.

Rosberg has been linked for some time with the McLaren, with Finland’s Heikki Kovalainen future in the team in doubt.

The 24-year-old German, whose contract with Williams expires at the end of this season, told German Press Agency last week: “I have a preference and it’s looking good, but there are several options.” Mercedes are reportedly keen of having a German driver to team up with world champion Lewis Hamilton of Britain.

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