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F1 Hungarian GP: Rosberg credits ‘clever’ Gerhard Berger in Mercedes deal

Nico Rosberg says hiring ex-Ferrari, Benetton and McLaren driver Gerhard Berger to lead his contract negotiations was the 'best decision'.
Nico Rosberg has credited the role ex-F1 driver Gerhard Berger played in his contract negotiations following the confirmation he has signed with Mercedes for another two seasons.

It was revealed in May that Rosberg had enlisted the services for former Ferrari, McLaren and Benetton driver Berger to take charge of his contract negotiations after talks between the two-time runner-up and Mercedes reportedly stalled.

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Two months later, Rosberg has now put pen to paper on a new two year deal that will keep him at Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton until the end of the 2018 season.

It is a contract that Rosberg says was helped made possible by Berger's input behind the scenes, descriing the decision to bring the 10-time race winner on board as 'the best decision'.

“Gerhard Berger took charge of it for me, that was the best decision for sure and I'm very thankful that he accepted to help out with it. He knows what he's doing, for sure, so I'm very happy with the end result.

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“Two reasons [why Berger was enlisted]. One, because he knows what he's doing. The guy's clever, so he's done a great job with the negotiations and everything so I'm very happy with the end result.

“And secondly because it always takes some focus off, negotiations are such a big thing. It's such an important thing in my job life and it allowed me to put 110% focus on my race driving and that's what I wanted to do.”

Rosberg – who has led the 2016 F1 standings from the opening race - comes into this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix with a one point lead over Lewis Hamilton.


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dickiebird

July 23, 2016 11:19 AM

Burger is an affable, intelligent man who knows this business inside out. I couldn't imagine anyone better to handle Nico's contract negotiations, particularly as Wolff and Lauda are both Austrians.

ProfessorDave

July 23, 2016 4:33 PM

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