Rosberg signs multi-year contract extension with Mercedes

The Sports NetworkJuly 16, 2014 

London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Mercedes confirmed on Wednesday that driver Nico Rosberg has signed a multi-year contract extension with the team in Formula One.

Rosberg, a 29-year-old German, has been with Mercedes since the start of the 2010 season. All six of his grand prix wins and eight pole positions in F1 have come with the team. Rosberg is the current leader in the world championship point standings. He has scored three victories and four poles this season.

"As a German, the heritage of Mercedes-Benz is very special for me, and I am proud to be able to represent the best car brand around the world," Rosberg said in a team statement. "It has been a difficult road to get to where we are now, but everybody kept believing. And thanks to the fantastic support from Mercedes-Benz, we are now leading the way in F1.

"There has been big progress during the past year, building up our structure, management and capability for the future. We have an awesome team, and I am confident that we have the right people in place at every level. I'm looking forward to the next years together, when we will keep pushing to win even more races and hopefully championships."

Rosberg's contract extension comes before his home grand prix in Germany this weekend. Sunday's 67-lap German Grand Prix is being held in Hockenheim. Rosberg enters this race with just a four-point advantage over second-place and teammate Lewis Hamilton, who won the British Grand Prix last week.

"With his performances in 2014, Nico has demonstrated to the outside world what we knew already in the team - that he is one of the very top drivers in Formula One," Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, said. "This new contract brings us important stability and continuity for the future and I am delighted to be able to make the announcement in time for the home race of Mercedes-Benz and Nico in Hockenheim."

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