Rosberg signs new two-year F1 contract with Mercedes

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Nico Rosberg will remain with Mercedes in Formula 1 until the end of the 2018 season after signing a new two-year deal on Friday.

Rosberg, 31, has raced for Mercedes since 2010, finishing second in the drivers’ championship for each of the past two seasons.

The German’s previous deal expired at the end of the year, but both Rosberg and Mercedes remained confident of striking a deal to continue their partnership.

On Friday morning, Mercedes released a short video on Twitter showing Rosberg and team boss Toto Wolff signing a contract, confirming his place with the German marque in F1 for another two years.

“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,” a statement from Mercedes read.

“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.

“He has scored 19 grand prix wins and 25 pole positions so far with Mercedes-Benz and is currently leading the drivers’ world championship.”

Rosberg’s time with Mercedes has been notable for a fierce rivalry with teammate Lewis Hamilton, resulting in a handful of on-track clashes.

Wolff warned both drivers at the beginning of the year that if they could not behave on track, he would not hesitate to change the line-up.

However, continuity has been favored, meaning that both Hamilton and Rosberg are locked in until the end of 2018 when both their contracts will be up. Hamilton signed a new three-year deal last season.

Rosberg drafted in ex-F1 driver and team owner Gerhard Berger to aid him with negotiations, allowing him to focus on his on-track commitments.

Mercedes has promising junior drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon on its books, but both will have to cool their ambitions of driving for the Silver Arrows for the time being.