Despite a career-best (to-date) finish at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, Williams is seemingly in no rush to confirm Nico Hülkenberg’s re-signing to the team for 2011, or even announce its driver line-up at all.

Nico Hulkenberg's re-signing at Williams is yet to be announcedAt least that’s the opinion of Rubens Barrichello, who has confirmed to the Brazilian press that he will stay on into yet another season on the Formula 1 grid.

“My part is done, all that is left is the papers to make it confirmed. That I will be with Williams in 2011 is 100 per cent,” he told Brazil’s Globe Esporte.

As for his team-mate’s situation, Barrichello appeared a little more circumspect, in spite of being soundly out-performed by his rookie team-mate a year after the Brazilian veteran clinched his last Grand Prix victory at the wheel of a Brawn Mercedes.

“[Williams] are waiting. I think they are analysing the Nico Hülkenberg situation in order to [make an announcement] together for next season,” he added.

Managed by Willi Weber, Hülkenberg has had one of the most impressive careers in the junior categories of any driver to make the F1 grid, winning every championship in which he has contested. Williams has held the young driver on a long-term contract, and their walking away from the deal would seem very unlikely at this stage, particularly with young Nico starting to find his feet.

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