Nico Rosberg signs new ‘multi-year’ Mercedes deal
Nico Rosberg has signed a "multi-year contract extension" with Mercedes, the team announces
Nico Rosberg has signed a “multi-year contract extension” with Mercedes, the team has announced.
The 29-year-old German currently tops the drivers’ standings from team-mate Lewis Hamilton heading into his home grand prix at Hockenheim.
“I am very proud to drive for the Formula One Silver Arrow of the modern era,” Rosberg told Mercedes’ website.
“As a German, the heritage of Mercedes-Benz is very special for me, and I am proud to be able to represent the best car brand around the world.
We have an awesome team and I am confident that we have the right people in place at every level
“It has been a difficult road to get to where we are now but everybody kept believing and, thanks to the fantastic support from Mercedes-Benz, we are now leading the way in F1.”
Rosberg leads the way from Hamilton, with his 165 points just edging the Briton’s 161 despite Hamilton winning five grands prix to his three this season.
He joined Mercedes in 2010 and has taken six victories, 17 podiums and eight pole positions with the Silver Arrows.
Rosberg continued: “There has been big progress during the past year, building up our structure, management and capability for the future.
“We have an awesome team and I am confident that we have the right people in place at every level.
“I’m looking forward to the next years together, when we will keep pushing to win even more races and, hopefully, championships.”
Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff is delighted to have secured Rosberg’s services for the future.
“Nico has been part of the Silver Arrows project since day one and he has had a big stake in the development of the team since 2010,” said Wolff.
“His speed, commitment and focus have all helped to give clear direction and to drive the team forward. With his performances in 2014, Nico has demonstrated to the outside world what we knew already in the team; that he is one of the very top drivers in Formula One.
“This new contract brings us important stability and continuity for the future and I am delighted to be able to make the announcement in time for the home race of Mercedes-Benz and Nico in Hockenheim.”