Nico Rosberg has settled the driver market by penning a new two-year deal with Mercedes that will see him remain with the Brackley outfit until at least the end of 2018.
Speculation surrounded the second Mercedes seat as a handful of drivers were linked to replacing the current championship leader, especially since tensions between his teammate Lewis Hamilton have been high recently due to the pair having three incidents on track, including one which saw both drivers retire from the Spanish Grand Prix.
However, with Rosberg securing his place with Mercedes for a further two years the driver market “silly season” becomes more stable.
The German joined the team in 2010 to partner Michael Schumacher once Mercedes had bought out Brawn GP, since then Rosberg has won 19 races with the team with his first coming at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix.
“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,” a Mercedes statement said.
“He has scored 19 Grand Prix wins and 25 pole positions so far with Mercedes-Benz and is currently leading the Drivers’ World Championship.”
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