Thursday, 10 November 2011

Rosberg Snobs Ferrari For Mercedes

Nico Rosberg has ended the Ferrari rumors by signing with Mercedes to at least 2013. Recent speculation in the German media suggested Rosberg visited Maranello in the week before the Indian GP, apparently the source of the speculation were colleagues of Rosberg playing a joke on the German tabloids.

Rosberg who already had a contract for next year has signed a "multi-year contract" beyond 2012 which is probably 3 years with options to extend further. Ironic thing is the last "multi-year" contract to be signed was Jenson Button's who also was rumored to be on Ferrari's shopping list.

Nico Rosberg: "I am very excited to have extended my contract with the Mercedes GP Petronas team. To win in a Silver Arrow will be one of the highlights of my life so far, and I greatly enjoy helping to lead our team in our quest to become the best in Formula 1.

"I have every confidence that the team will provide me with a winning car, and that we will be able to contribute to the fantastic racing heritage of the Silver Arrows. I look forward to great times in the years ahead with the Mercedes-Benz family."

Ross Brawn: "We are delighted to have extended our contract with Nico as we know that he is a driver who can win races and championships. Nico has performed exceptionally well for our Silver Arrows team over the past two seasons, achieving results at the very limit of the technical capabilities of our current car.

"He has an excellent work ethic and, together with Michael, this gives us a driver pairing who consistently push the team to improve and progress. As we continue to strengthen our team for the future, we look forward to providing Nico with a car which will enable him to compete right at the front of the field and achieve his deserved first win in Formula 1."

Norbert Haug: "Nico and Mercedes GP Petronas have the same targets, he loves to work with our team and we are fully committed to a long and successful future together. I very much appreciate Nico's total dedication and his precision. He is certainly one of the quickest, most talented and most consistent drivers in the field, and his level of professionalism is second to none.

"We will work very hard to improve our technical package, in order to give our drivers the car to deliver the results they deserve. In Michael, Nico has the most successful racing driver in the history of the sport as his team-mate, which is a perfect combination for him as well as for our team. We all rate Nico very highly and we are looking forward to a long co-operation full of hard work, which will deliver great success for Nico and Mercedes GP Petronas."

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