Merc talking exclusively to Rosberg

Date published: June 11 2016

Despite claims that Nico Rosberg’s contract talks with Mercedes have hit a snag, Toto Wolff says they won’t speak with other drivers until the matter is resolved.

According to a report in Germany’s Bild, Mercedes have offered Rosberg a one-year extension but the German wants a three-year deal.

Former F1 driver Gerhard Berger, who is helping with the negotiations, told the newspaper: “It’s not about money. It’s about something else.”

He added: “We need to agree with the strategy they (Mercedes) want to go with for the future. If they agree, then we can negotiate.”

And while both parties continue to haggle, Mercedes motorsport boss Wolff insists he won’t be speaking with any other drivers.

“We want to continue with Nico and he wants to continue with us,” he told Motorsport.com.

“We are having discussions that are ongoing and very positive. We are not talking to anybody else. This is a commitment we owe to him.

“He has been part of the journey since 2010 and I am very optimistic that we will come to a solution soon.”