Nico Rosberg confirmed for two more years at Mercedes F1 team
World Championship leader Nico Rosberg has signed a contract extension for two years at Mercedes F1 team, taking him to the end of the 2018 season,...
World Championship leader Nico Rosberg has signed a contract extension for two years at Mercedes F1 team, taking him to the end of the 2018 season, the same period as Lewis Hamilton.
The deal was negotiated by Gerhard Berger, the ex F1 driver and family friend of the Rosbergs. It has taken quite some time to conclude, but there was never really any doubt about it.
It means Hamilton and Rosberg will have been together for six seasons and over 120 Grands Prix by the time their contracts come to an end, one of the longest driver pairings in F1 history.
It's a pairing that at times has been in danger of being remembered more for the on track collisions than the successes, but the success has been exceptional. Together the pair have won 41 Grands Prix since the start of the hybrid turbo era alone and 44 in total. Rosberg has won 19 Grands Prix and had 25 pole positions, but has so far always come up short in the championship against Hamilton, despite leading for long periods.
This weekend he defends a one point lead over his team mate going into one of Hamilton's strongest events.
Having teased the announcement with a video on its website showing Rosberg signing and a caption saying "It's done", a Mercedes statement said, "Nico has been a core member of the Silver Arrows since the team returned to the sport in 2010 and has played a crucial role in the team's success in that time."
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