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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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Luvnit

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!

here4thesun2

July 23, 2016 2:42 AM

TheRealJoeSoap: I would not have kept him on, he has shown willing to take both himself and Hamilton out to preserve his advantage in the championship. That is not good for the team.
Change 'Hamilton' with 'Rosberg' and the exact same comment holds true for his teammate at signing. Rosberg put in his dues and showed his speed, but got trumped for marketability - first with Schumie, then with Hamilton. They should have brought in a Wehrlein instead of Hamilton from the get-go and Merc would have the same number of driver's and constructor's championships. They didn't go with a #2 for Rosberg because they wanted to sell cars west of Britain, not because they were worried about their championship hopes.



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