For two young Germans on the formula one grid, the future looms large.

For two young Germans on the formula one grid, the future looms large.

Off the back of constant speculation linking him with McLaren next year, current Williams driver Nico Rosberg has finally admitted he may soon steer a Mercedes-powered car.

The 23-year-old was asked by the Independent newspaper if Lewis Hamilton could be his next teammate. "McLaren are a great team and Lewis and I have known each other for a long time, so I guess, yeah," Rosberg answered.

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"I know how I compared to him and it's good to see what he is able to do. I'm not worried about going up against Lewis."

Rosberg's contract at Williams, for whom he debuted in 2006, runs out this year, and he is openly considering his options for 2010.

"It's one of the things in my head, but right now it's such a big mess out there, where the hell are we going? Unbelievable!" he remarked, referring to the sport's political crisis.

"Williams are also a big option for me and we are in discussions," Rosberg added.

Another young star, tipped by many as a favourite for pole and victory in Turkey this weekend, is also the constant subject of speculation: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

So highly rated is the 21-year-old that, even with the lack of real rumours about his next move, observers believe Vettel must be a candidate for Ferrari or another top team.

He told the Abendzeitung newspaper: "My goal is to sit in the best car possible and win races. At the moment I am happy where I am."