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Mercedes’ team boss Toto Wolff says talks over Nico Rosberg’s future will not take place until the summer of 2016.
The German’s contract with Mercedes runs until the end of 2016, but Wolff says a decision on whether to extend the partnership with world champion Lewis Hamilton will not happen before the summer.
“We will talk about an extension in the summer at the earliest,” Mercedes team boss Wolff told Speed Week.
“Until then, let’s see what happens.”
Wolff played down suggestion that Rosberg’s uneasy relationship with Hamilton may be a factor in Mercedes’ decision.
Hamilton and Rosberg have won have won 32 of the last 38 races between them, but the German has complained on occasion about his team-mate’s driving style, most notably at the 2014 Bahrain GP and the 2015 United States GP.
Rosberg was also noticeably unimpressed when the Briton threw a cap at him in the green room moment after the British driver had secured his third world title with his United States GP victory in Austin this year.
Wolff insists the tension between the pair is good for the Mercedes team.
“It will go on, with the two giving nothing to the other,” he said. “But that’s good for the team because it makes our car faster.”