It was announced this morning that Nico Rosberg has signed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Rosberg who has finished runner-up to teammate Lewis Hamilton in the past two seasons, announced the news in a stylish video on his Twitter feed. The new deal will keep Rosberg at Mercedes until the end of the 2018 season, and the team later tweeted the words “signed, sealed, delivered” over a picture of the contract.
In a press release to the media this morning, the Mercedes team announced Rosberg’s extension as follows:-
‘We are delighted to announce that the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team has signed a two-year contract extension with Nico Rosberg for the 2017 and 2018 Formula One seasons.
‘Nico has been a core member of the Silver Arrows since the team returned to the sport in 2010 and has played a crucial role in the team’s success in that time.’
Both Rosberg and Mercedes had been hinting at a contract extension for several months and the news now puts to rest any speculation over the team’s driver line-up for the next two and a half years. It also means the contracts of Rosberg and Hamilton are due to expire at the same point at the end of the 2018 season, lining up two more seasons of their inter-team rivalry.
Rosberg joined Mercedes from Williams in 2010 when the German manufacturer returned to the sport after buying the championship-winning Brawn GP team. In that time the German has scored all of his 19 career victories as well as taking 45 podiums.