F1 Silly Season News: Mercedes

Hamilton & Rosberg

With F1 on its summer break, we’re taking a look at the 2015 driver market. First up it’s pacesetters Mercedes.

The headlines this year have almost all focussed on the Mercedes squad. They’ve had the fastest car by some margin, allowing the Brackley-based outfit to dominate both the drivers’ and constructors standings since race one. That they will win both is now a mere formality.

But this has also brought with it a highly-scrutinised intra-team battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, with the pair’s relationship becoming increasingly fraught as the campaign has progressed.

Despite this, however, there will be no change at the Silver Arrows for 2015. Rosberg announced a multi-year contract extension with Mercedes in July. The length of the deal was not confirmed, though he is certainly tied to the team for 2015 and ’16, and probably beyond.

Hamilton meanwhile is in year two of a three-year deal. There have been reports of the Brit wishing to extend this, with both parties known to be keen to do so, though no formal talks have yet taken place.

Regardless of what the long-term future holds, we can be certain that the Hamilton-Rosberg rivalry will continue through the 2015 campaign at the very least.

VERDICT: Hamilton and Rosberg (confirmed)