Rosberg: I like to race with Lewis, our rivalry is good

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Formula 1 championship contender Nico Rosberg says he is happy if reigning Lewis Hamilton stays at Mercedes beyond 2015, because he enjoys racing against the reigning world champion.

After a long period of negotiation and speculation, the latest reports suggest reigning world champion Hamilton’s new contract will finally be unveiled in Monaco.

“I don’t know what will happen,” Autosprint quoted Rosberg on the issue of his teammates extension, during an interview at the Barcelona test on Tuesday.

On the first day of the test, the German humbled the rest of the test field, even improving his pole position time.

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It is being speculated that Mercedes was running a performance evolution of its already-dominant power unit’ although a smiling Rosberg would not confirm that.

But his mood was undoubtedly also boosted by his form in the Spanish Grand Prix, having finally broken Hamilton’s run of utter superiority.

“I don’t know about all that, but I can say that I dominated the weekend and I’m very happy,” said Rosberg.

But is he just as happy to hear that Hamilton is reportedly staying at Mercedes in 2016?

“I don’t know what will happen,” Rosberg admitted. “But I like to race with him. We have a good rivalry and the atmosphere within the team is good enough.

“Of course it’s a hard battle,” he added, “but that’s what it’s like in this sport.”