Nico Rosberg will stay with Mercedes for the foreseeable future, it has been announced, after he inked a new 'multi-year' contract extension to include the 2013 season and beyond.
Since joining the Brackley-based outfit in 2010, Rosberg has impressed, more often than not outperforming his illustrious team-mate, seven-time F1 world champion, Michael Schumacher. To date he has notched up three podiums in his two seasons in the 'Silver Arrow' - and currently he is seventh in the F1 2011 drivers' championship with 75 points on the board, 5 more than Schumacher.
Speaking after the deal was officially announced, something that ends speculation he might join Ferrari, Rosberg said he was convinced the squad will provide him with a top car 'in the years ahead', one that is capable of challenging the likes of Red Bull, McLaren and the Scuderia for race wins.
“I am very excited to have extended my contract with the Mercedes GP Petronas team,” Rosberg said. “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 F1.
“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. I look forward to great times in the years ahead with the Mercedes-Benz family."
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn and vice-president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Norbert Haug meanwhile are both pleased to have secured the services of the 26-year-old.
The deal means that for 2012, Mercedes will enjoy stability in its driver line-up for a third consecutive season, with Rosberg once again driving alongside Schumacher.
“We are delighted to have extended our contract with Nico as we know that he is a driver who can win races and championships,” Brawn said. “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, 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 F1.”
“Nico and Mercedes GP Petraons have the same targets, he loves to work with our team and we are fully committed to a long and successful future together,” Haug added. “I very much appreciate Nico's total dedication and his precision. He is certainly one of the quickest, most talented and most consistent drivers in the field, and his level of professionalism is second to none.
“We will work very hard to improve our technical package, in order to give our drivers the car to deliver the results they deserve. In Michael, Nico has the most successful racing driver in the history of the sport as his team-mate, which is a perfect combination for him as well as for our team. We all rate Nico very highly and we are looking forward to a long co-operation full of hard work, which will deliver great success for Nico and Mercedes GP Petronas."