- Nico Rosberg signs new two-year deal
- Will partner Lewis Hamitlon until end of 2018 season
- German leads title race by one point
- Rosberg has won 19 races during his career
Rosberg leads the title race by just a single point from teammate and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton who is chasing a third successive crown and fourth in all.
The German’s current deal was set to expire at the end of this campaign but he penned a new contract Friday to extend his stay until the end of the 2018 season.
Rosberg first signed a contract with Mercedes in 2009 and has finished second behind Hamilton in each of the past two seasons.
Their rivalry has been all too evident in recent months with Rosberg admitting fault for the crash which sent both him and Hamilton spinning out of May’s Spanish Grand Prix during the opening lap.
Spain was to prove the turning point in the season. Rosberg, having won all four races up to that weekend, was then forced to take a backseat as Hamilton roared back.
Hamilton, who at one stage was 43 points behind his rival, is now just one point adrift going into this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.