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F1 Hungarian GP: Rosberg delighted to remain with his ‘dream team’

Nico Rosberg's new two year deal with Mercedes will eventually see him remain with the 'Silver Arrows' for nine consecutive seasons.
Nico Rosberg says it was always his goal to sign a new contract with Mercedes following the confirmation he will remain with the manufacturer for another two seasons.

Ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Mercedes announced Rosberg had signed a new two year deal that will keep him with the 'Silver Arrows' until the end of 2018 alongside Lewis Hamilton.

CONFIRMED: Nico Rosberg pens a new two year deal with Mercedes

Ending weeks of speculation about his future within the team, though it was rumoured Rosberg was unhappy with the terms being offered by Mercedes, he insist he is 'very, very happy' with his 'dream team'

“I've always said that I'm happy at Mercedes,” Rosberg said. “I'm very, very happy with signing because it is my dream team and it's my family away from home. It's my racing family and we have a great time together. I'm sure we will have a very, very successful future also.

“I'm super excited now that it's happened and I'm looking forward to some more great years together. This is my racing family so it's awesome that the trip continues.”

F1 RESULTS: Hungarian Grand Prix FP2 results from the Hungaroring

Quickest on the first day of track action around the Hungaroring – 0.6s over Daniel Ricciardo -, Rosberg was impressed by the early margin.

“It's been a good start to the weekend, definitely, and I think better than we expected. It's a short track so normally the gap would close down to our competitors but today it has been quite big, so it's really looking good.”

A 19-time race winner, should Rosberg see out his new deal with Mercedes as planned, he will have spent nine seasons with the championship winning team.

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July 23, 2016 5:12 AM

Rosberg is extremely talented, but he is not an equal number one with Lewis.Money talks and the suggested terms of his contract have him earning but slightly more than half of Lewis - if he makes his bonuses. And he is now in danger of losing another championship to Hamilton, a 3-0 score. No, Mercedes kept him because they did not want to have him go to another team at this time, they need another year for Weirlein to mature or t shop for a Sainz or Verstappen young gun, they want to sell cars west of Britain as noted in the previous post, they are not completely sure of the mercurial Hamilton, and finally, they can buy him out whenever they want and plug another driver in should the need arise. They might not have bought team harmony but Nico is the ideal partner for Hamilton. Fast enough to constantly push, but the slight number two that keeps hamilton happy.


July 23, 2016 9:06 AM

You can never have both drivers on equal standing as it won't work. Nico knows himself that Lewis is the no 1 driver in that team, but as they are driving the best cars at the moment it would be daft to go elsewhere. It is better to finish a race in second place than much further down and Nico will always have the hope that Lewis can make a mistake which gives him a chance of a win. However, to say that he is in his "dream team" is a bit much!

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