Rosberg extends deal with Mercedes

Nico Rosberg has agreed to a contract extension that will keep

the German Formula One driver with the Mercedes team through the

2013 season.

Rosberg, who joined Mercedes for the 2010 season, has earned 217

points for the team and currently sits seventh in the driver

standings just ahead of teammate and seven-time world champion

Michael Schumacher.

Rosberg said he was excited to finalize the deal and has ”every

confidence that the team will provide him with a winning car and

that we will be able to contribute to the fantastic racing heritage

of the Silver Arrows.”

Team principal Ross Brawn said the contract extension showed the

team’s confidence in Rosberg, who he called ”a driver who can win

races and championships.”