Mercedes confirms new deal for Rosberg

Mercedes confirms new deal for Rosberg

16 July 2014 – Championship leader Nico Rosberg has signed a 'multi-year' contract extension with Mercedes, the Brackley-based outfit has announced ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Rosberg joined Mercedes when it returned to the sport as a works team in 2010, taking over from Brawn GP.

The German gave the outfit its first pole position and victory since making its comeback at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix. Since then, he has notched up a further five race wins and seven pole positions.

He currently leads this year's championship by four points over team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

"I am very proud to drive the Formula 1 Silver Arrow of the modern era," Rosberg commented.

"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 1.

"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."

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