Rosberg signs new contract with Mercedes

Nico Rosberg celebrates victory in Austria last month PNL-140626-100312002

Nico Rosberg celebrates victory in Austria last month PNL-140626-100312002

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Nico Rosberg, current leader of the 2014 FIA F1 World Championship, has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Brackley-based Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team.

Rosberg joined the Silver Arrows when they returned to Formula One for the 2010 season and he is currently in his fifth season with the Mercedes-Benz factory-supported team. During that time the German racer has taken six victories, 17 podium finishes and eight pole positions.

On signing the contract, Nico Rosberg said: “I am very proud to drive the Formula One Silver Arrow of the modern era. 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.

“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.

“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.”

Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, added: “Nico has been part of the Silver Arrows project since day one and he has a big stake in the development of the team since 2010.

“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 this weekend.”