Rosberg: I am happy and Mercedes is happy with me
Formula 1 championship leader Nico Rosberg has now played down ‘silly season’ speculation that he might leave Mercedes at the end of the season.
An Italian newspaper recently suggested talks with Ferrari have begun, with Germany’s Sport Bild now claiming the 30-year-old is moving to push his retainer much closer to the many more millions earned each year by Lewis Hamilton.
Rosberg had fuelled the rumours at the recent Barcelona test by saying only “Let’s see what the future holds”, but in Monaco he sounded keen to stay with the Silver Arrows.
“I am happy, Mercedes is happy with me,” he is quoted by RTL. “For sure I will stay here for a few more years.”
But at the same time, Rosberg suggested it is not quite time to sign on the dotted line, “A new contract is not at the front of my mind at the moment. I am quite relaxed about it.”
Gerhard Berger, however, warned both Rosberg and Mercedes against taking their contractual standoff too far.
“I would recommend to both of them to renew the contract,” he told Sport Bild. “Otherwise Mercedes risks the constructors’ championship, and Nico his career.”
Berger, who drove for top teams Ferrari and McLaren, continued: “It would be a risk for Mercedes to put (Pascal) Wehrlein in the car as soon as next year.”
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