Williams set to keep same drivers in 2011

Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg

Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg

Jul.25 (GMM) Williams looks set to keep the same driver lineup in 2011. Team figures indicated recently that the extension of Rubens Barrichello’s contract is a mere formality.

The Brazilian veteran’s current teammate 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,” added Hulkenberg.

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.