Rosberg’s contract situation with Mercedes beyond 2016 still unclear

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

In report by ESPN F1, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff declared that he wants to keep driver Nico Rosberg on next season, but stated that neither he or the German are in a hurry to finalize a deal beyond this year.

Rosberg has been on a tear, winning six consecutive races, including the opening three of the season. However, his recent form suggests that he would be a very sought after free agent should a deal with Mercedes not be reached,  something Wolff would like to prevent.

“Maybe we should get in a hurry now with that kind of performance,” Wolff said. “A contract is always between two parties and it needs to pan out in the right way. It’s all under control.”

Mercedes recently signed defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton to a three-year deal to remain with them until 2018, but Wolff admitted that the pressure involved on the Brit’s deal isn’t the same as Rosberg’s situation.

“He’s been with the family for such a long time,” Wolff continued. “He’s a very important pillar of the team and he performs well, so in my opinion there is nothing that speaks against him joining up again, but obviously it comes down to the detail. Obviously that needs to be discussed at a certain stage, but I guess we feel – both sides feel – comfortable about it.”

Image: Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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