The renewal of Nico Rosberg with Mercedes promised to be one of the hot topics of the year, with a view to a possible movement of seats in 2018. His contract ends this season, and the negotiations to reach an agreement of extension of the same have been long and complex. To all of this, he has added to the good start to the season for the German rider, who leads the championship with 24 points advantage over his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
despite the tensions with your partner, a three-time world, the own Rosberg has declared to be sure of his continuity in the team, having counted with the help of the ex-pilot Gerhard Berger to bring the negotiations, and finally everything seems to have come to fruition, according to the statements of Niki Lauda.
Lauda, chief executive at Mercedes and one of the main backers of Rosberg within the team, had a meeting with the German pilot during the Grand Prix of Europe, and afterwards he said to the German newspaper Bild that everything is routed to a renewal agreement: “We have reached an agreement for a contract of two years, but we still need to work on the details,”. Asked if it was a gift to Rosberg for his birthday, he declared: “No. He has worked hard to achieve this”.
The domino is still standing
With this, the situation at Mercedes for next season remains an open question, and may depend largely on who ends up reigning champion at the end of the year. It seems difficult for Lewis Hamilton decides to leave Mercedes for its account, either to another computer, to another category or to take a sabbatical, but a title of Nico Rosberg this year it could be conflicting for the coexistence within the computer itself. In the same way, many other teams are still waiting for to the first pilot to move the tab so that the dominoes on the market start to fall.
The future of the riders in the teams, as Ferrari, Williams, Force India, Toro Rosso, McLaren and Renault is far from certain, and may depend in large measure on the movements of pilots listed on the market, as Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz, Pascal Wehrlein, Esteban Ocon and Stoffel Vandoorne, if Nico Hülkenberg chooses to finally go to the WEC or the possible withdrawal of the veterans like Kimi Räikkönen, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa or Fernando Alonso. Everything is still on foot, in search of someone to push a tab. By now, the number 6, Mercedes is moving away from the line.