Mercedes Grand Prix today announced that they had agreed a contract extension with Nico Rosberg. The German, who has been driving for the Silver Arrows since 2010, had received praise for outclassing his teammate, the seven-times World Champion Michael Schumacher.
On announcing the deal, Rosberg said:
“I am very excited to have extended my contract with the Mercedes GP team. To win in a Silver Arrow will be one of the highlights of my life so far, and I greatly enjoy helping to lead our team in our quest to become the best in Formula One. I have every confidence that the team will provide me with a winning car, and that we will be able to contribute to the fantastic racing heritage of the Silver Arrows. I look forward to great times in the years ahead with the Mercedes-Benz family.”
Team Principal Ross Brawn was unsurprisingly pleased with the news:
“We are delighted to have extended our contract with Nico as we know that he is a driver who can win races and championships. Nico has performed exceptionally well for our Silver Arrows team over the past two seasons, achieving results at the very limit of the technical capabilities of our current car. He has an excellent work ethic and, together with Michael, this gives us a driver pairing who consistently push the team to improve and progress. As we continue to strengthen our team for the future, we look forward to providing Nico with a car which will enable him to compete right at the front of the field and achieve his deserved first win in Formula One.”
The news comes amid rumours that Michael Schumacher has also signed an extension to his deal, which was due to run until the end of 2012.
Mercedes GP have been off the pace of the front runners, like Red Bull and McLaren, and will be hoping their 2012 challenger will be able to provide the performance that has been lacking since the team won the World Championship in it’s Brawn GP guise.
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