Nico Rosberg has revealed that he has opened talks with Mercedes about extending his current deal with the Brackley-based outfit.
The German currently has a deal which runs until the end of the 2012 season but has already started discussions about extending his deal into 2013 – a point at which it is likely the former Williams man would be an attractive option for a number of rival teams who will have vacancies in their line-up.
However, speaking to T-online.de
, Rosberg revealed that discussions are underway to stay at Mercedes while he also denied he was looking into the possibility of moving elsewhere.
"Yes, there is," he replied when asked if contract extension talks were underway. "We also talked about a long-term commitment with Mercedes. I feel very comfortable in the team. There is a great project. I don't want to go into more detail about it."
Rosberg also confirmed that the team has started to test development parts aimed at 2012, when Mercedes will hope to challenge at the head of the field after a difficult 2011 campaign.
"We have mainly tried some things out with the car,” he said. “We have already implemented some parts, which will help us for next year."