Mercedes GP long term plans for Rosberg

(L to R): Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP with Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes GP Team Principal and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP and the new Mercedes GP MGP W02. Formula One Testing, Day 1, Valencia, Spain, Tuesday 1 February 2011.

Nico Rosberg with Ross Brawn and Michael Schumacher at Valencia

Feb.2 (GMM) Ross Brawn has admitted he would like Nico Rosberg to play a long-term role at Mercedes GP.

The 25-year-old son of 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg joined the team last year and scored 70 more points than Michael Schumacher as the sport’s most successful driver made his return to F1.

It is believed Rosberg signed a three-year contract, meaning he is set to stay at least until the end of next season.

But team boss Brawn told Sport Bild that Rosberg is “extremely talented” and would be welcome at Mercedes for much longer.

“It is very important that we have drivers like Nico Rosberg with us in the long term,” said the Briton. “I would be very happy if our relationship with Nico continues for a long time.

“He has all the qualities needed by a world champion,” added Brawn.