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F1 Chinese GP: Rosberg hints at Mercedes contract extension

Nico Rosberg insists he is not considering his future at the moment despite enjoying his best start to an F1 season yet.
Nico Rosberg says he plans to 'be at Mercedes for some time to come', but insists he is not considering his future at the moment despite a strong start to the 2016 Formula 1 season.

The German, winner of the opening two races in Australia and Bahrain, is believed to be coming to the end of his contract at the end of the 2016 having previously extended it in 2014, though there are expected to be options available to both himself and Mercedes.

With team-mate Lewis Hamilton tied in until the end of 2018 already, Rosberg nonetheless says he is in no rush to firm up his future at the moment.

“First of all that is not necessarily the case,” he replied when it was suggested his contract ends this year. “Secondly the contract is not something that is present in my mind at the moment. Why should it be?

“I am very comfortable anyway here. We have a great relationship and I will be here for some time to come for sure. And that is it. It is not something that is on my mind.”

Though just two rounds into 2016, many are predicting the 2017 season to see a number of driver line-ups revisions as several drivers are out of contract at the end of the year, including Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari and Jenson Button at McLaren, while Max Verstappen has been tipped for a berth at Red Bull.

Mercedes has however made no indication that it plans to replace Rosberg even if it is known to have previously also shown an interest in Verstappen.
by Ollie Barstow



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Taipan

April 08, 2016 1:19 PM

Hypoc: Massa might be leaving, there could be a seat for you at Williams.
The problem Merc has is who would they replace him with? Nico isn't exactly the most talented on the grid and he seems like a fairly mild mannered chap yet him and Lulu have had more fall outs and hissyfits than a girl guide summer camp! So they need to find someone who's not that fast, extremely laid back, impossible to offend and is more than happy to come second, what's Taki Inoue up to these days?

Equin0x

April 10, 2016 7:32 PM

Wow Taki Inoue, haven't heard that name in decades, is he still racing? Lol I remember about 20 years ago when his Japanese yen "didn't materialise" from his backers his Footwork Hart drive 'disappeared', childhood memories are hard to fade even these small non important details, nice one Tai for mentioning that, bought back a nostalgic moment, much like Alonso's Melbourne crash, all I could see was Brindle flipped into the air and rolling his Jordan into a heap of mess at that same spot. But seriously Merc will probably take Wehrlein, Ricciardo or Bottas, maybe Jenson and Rosberg at Williams would be a good pairing.



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