F1: Nico Rosberg eyes long Mercedes stay

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Nico Rosberg has confirmed that he plans to remain a part of the Mercedes’ Formula One team for ‘many more years’ and is not worried about losing his seat.

The 30-year-old German opted to join the Silver Arrows from Williams in 2010 and has enjoyed 14 race victories during that time, the majority coming in the past two seasons when he has had to settle for second spot in the Drivers’ Championship to British team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg, who has endured a frosty relationship with Hamilton during their time together at Mercedes, ended the 2015 campaign with three successive race wins and is hoping to hit the ground running when the Australian Grand Prix raises the curtain for 2016 next weekend.

His target is to finally get the better of Hamilton and win a first drivers’ title this season which should also result in a contract extension to come his way to keep him at the Brackley-based outfit.

When asked if he fears being let go when his current deal expires at the end of this 2016 season, Rosberg said: “I am not worried about my seat because we have a great relationship and it is a perfect fit so why should I be worried.

“We will have many more years together as a team. I have been here since day one and I am very proud.”

He added: “I look forward to this battle with the World Champion [Hamilton]. He has beaten me for the past two years and he is the benchmark. That is what I am going for and trust me, I will be fighting all the way.”

Rosberg is on offer at 3.80 to win the F1 Drivers’ Championship, while Hamilton is the 1.50 favourite.

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