Nico Rosberg signs new contract with Mercedes F1

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Nico Rosberg

When it comes to Formula One, you’ve got to admit that Mercedes has an eye for talent. When Honda pulled out of the sport, Mercedes swooped in and powered the Brawn GP team to the championship, then took it over and made two interesting hires to fill the race seats: an old talent in the form of Michael Schumacher, and a young one in Nico Rosberg. Schumi’s return from retirement unfortunately didn’t pan out, but it’s kept Rosberg – who had already been on the grid for five seasons after winning the GP2 championship – on board ever since. And needless to say, it’s finally paying off.

After languishing in the middle of the standings for four years but chalking up his first three checkered flags, Nico has been leading the championship this season, now just four points ahead of his teammate (and chief rival) Lewis Hamilton as the circus heads to Hockenheim for Nico and his team’s home race. It’s been a command performance for both driver and team this season – landing in either first or second at every single race – so little wonder that Rosberg and Mercedes have signed a new extended contract.

The team isn’t saying in the press release below just how long the extension is for, saying only (in typical F1 style) that it’s a “multi-year contract.” If Mercedes and Nico – the son of 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg – can keep up the winning pace through the rest of the season and into the next, it will undoubtedly prove to be the smartest move either party has made yet.

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