Rosberg extends contract with Mercedes

2012 F1 season

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Nico Rosberg will remain with Mercedes in 2012 after signing a new “multi-year” deal with the team.

Rosberg joined Mercedes at the beginning of last year and will stay with the team until at least the end of 2013.

Team principal Ross Brawn said: “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 [Schumacher], 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.”

Rosberg added: “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.”

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69 comments on Rosberg extends contract with Mercedes

  1. vho (@) said on 10th November 2011, 16:02

    I also read somewhere that Whitmarsh accidentally leaked Button’s contract is for 3 years.

  2. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 10th November 2011, 18:44

    Nico Rosberg. Kicking the greatest driver of all time’s ass since 2010. Glad he’s staying at Mercedes. I like this combination, I think Mercedes have one of the strongest driver line ups!

    • ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 11th November 2011, 2:17

      The only thing keeping Rosberg ahead of Schumacher this year is fewer mistakes.

      Of course it’s the points that matter, but Schumacher’s pace has been better most of the time, and I don’t think it’s fair to say that he’s ‘kicking his ass’.

      • Robbie (@robbie) said on 23rd November 2011, 15:05

        I think MS also has the fact that the next team to them is in a distant 5th place in the constructor’s to thank for his placing…ie. if Merc had a team or two closer to them in performance MS would have suffered this year much moreso from his lower quali positions than he has.

        It is interesting to me that one could say MS’s pace has been better ‘most of the time’ and yet NR sits ahead of MS by 7 points with one race to go. Realistically, MS’s pace has sometimes only been better for a stint or two, and in the last race his pace was never better than NR’s. And there have been more than a few races where MS’s pace was better but was not something he could handle realistically and thus he ended up hitting other cars from overcooking it and costing himself a wing and placings and points. ie. pace is only useful if you keep it between the ditches. He might have been better off on a handful of occasions to dial the pace back a bit, expresss patience, and live to finish higher up than he did. To me MS showed signs of overdriving in an attempt to keep on top of NR and not be beaten again in the points race. And NR sits 7 points up for all his ‘lesser pace.’

        Most teams would not see one driver quali on average 3 spots behind his teammate and say ‘no problem.’ As I say, it would be a big problem if Merc had Renault and Force India breathing down their neck in the Constructor’s. MS is lucky they are not, or he would have had much more pressure on him to quali better this season. Most drivers beaten 14-3 in quali would be having some serious discussions with their team about their future and what the problem is. MS with Brawn as his friend/boss will only have more effort put into his side of the garage to try to correct the situation.

  3. jonathan102 (@jonathan102) said on 11th November 2011, 0:04

    Mercedes is his best option really. McLaren, Red Bull are unlikely to change their pairing. In my opinion, Ferrari is going to keep Felipe for a while as Alonso would’t let anyone jeopardise his number one status.

    Mercedes is the best of the rest, the only team with a good chance to break into the big three. They have the money, they have the people who have won races and championships before and most importantly they have Ross Brawn. If I was him, I would have stayed at Mercedes as well.

    Renault Lotus is the only other option, but with their unpredictable performance, Mercedes is a much safer bet.

  4. TED BELL said on 11th November 2011, 7:51

    How can you think championships when the driver has never been close to winning even once. So much has to happen before the thought of winning could become something other than wishful thinking. At least thirty races now playing catch up to teams who continue to advance their own programs makes the idea of getting a race win almost impossible. Seems unlikely that the next generation of RedBull , Ferrari and McLaren will fall from grace and that fact alone will keep Mercedes behind the eight ball for another twenty races or more.The only hope is to wait it out until 2013 and rule changes.

  5. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 11th November 2011, 8:18

    While Ferrari is traditionally seen as enticing for F1 drivers, for a German driver, to bring the famous Mercedes Silver Arrows back to the front must certainly be a good goal to target for Rosberg.

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