Nico Rosberg has said he won't be leaving Mercedes at the end of the season and revealed his hopes that Michael Schumacher will put pen to paper on a new deal to stay with the team for 2013.
Schumacher is out of contract at the end of the year and has yet to make a decision on his future, while Lewis Hamilton continues to be linked to the Brackley-based team.
Some have suggested that Hamilton could be paired with Schumacher next season if deals could be stuck with both drivers, but Rosberg said he wouldn't be moving anywhere else and hoped that the same could be said for his experienced German team-mate.
"I'm definitely with the Silver Arrows and I'm looking forward to getting some more race wins next season," he told the DAPD news agency. "I [also] think it would be right if he (Schumacher) stays. We get along well, the competition between us is good, Michael is still at a very, very high level and it's a real challenge to race against him. We push the team forwards well.”
Rosberg did however admit that speculation would continue until the major seats on the grid are all filled.
“Not much will happen until Schumacher, Hamilton or Massa are able to say 'I'm definitely here'," he insisted.