Rosberg wants to extend stay at Mercedes

Date published: April 12 2016 - Editor

Nico Rosberg is confident that he will be at Mercedes "for some time to come" even though his contract expires at the end of the year.

Rosberg, who is currently in his seventh season with Mercedes, has made a blistering start to his 2016 Formula 1 campaign, registering wins in Melbourne and Bahrain.

However, while the 30-year-old is eager to sign a new contract, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said in December that contract talks were unlikely to take place until the middle of the season.

Despite having to wait to find out if he will be offered a new contract, Rosberg has said that the issue of his future with the team is not on his mind at the moment.

“The contract is not something that is present in my mind. Why should it be?” he told reporters. “I’m very comfortable anyway here, I have a great relationship, and I’ll be here for some time to come, and that’s it. It’s not something that’s on my mind at the moment.”

Rosberg admitted that he is ecstatic with the way in which his season has started and hopes to keep his winning streak alive and put more pressure on reigning Formula 1 champion and team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai this weekend.

“I’m just enjoying it at the moment,” he said. “I’m very privileged to drive this car, to be fighting for victories for such a long time, and when I go to China I know I’m going to be fighting for the win there as well.

“It’s such a great feeling to have, winning is awesome, celebrating with the team, and of course getting all those points, it’s great to start the season in such a way, and it’s not the end for me. But it’s really about not looking too far ahead, it’s about being in the moment.

“I was flat-out last year, but it didn’t often go my way, but now in these first two races it has gone much more my way.”