PARIS: Nico Rosberg, locked in a titanic duel with teammate Lewis Hamilton for this year’s drivers’ title, last week signed a new “multi-year” contract with Mercedes, the German F1 team announced.
Rosberg, 29, joined Mercedes on the team’s return to F1 in 2010. In five seasons Rosberg has won six times, with 17 podiums and eight pole positions.
“Mercedes is delighted to announce that it signed a multi-year contract extension with Nico Rosberg,” a statement on the team’s official website confirmed.
Mercedes motor sport chief Toto Wolff added; “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.”
Rosberg leads the 2014 drivers title race by a mere four points from Hamilton, who joined Mercedes from McLaren on a three-year deal in 2013, going into the German Grand Prix last weekend.
“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. 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,” Wolff said.