Nico Rosberg: Contract situation doesn't make me vulnerable


SILVERSTONE, Great Britain -- Nico Rosberg insists his lack of contract for next year does not make him any more vulnerable to potential repercussions of another on-track collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes has told its drivers they are on their "final warning" after the pair collided on the last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday. Team boss Toto Wolff would not reveal details of the potential consequences of another collision, but said they would have "a negative outcome for their [the driver's] campaign".

Hamilton has a contract until the end of 2018 but Rosberg's is due to expire at the end of this year, with negotiations ongoing between team and driver. Rosberg insists the two situations are unrelated and does not believe his future at the team is in any doubt.

"It's a momentary thing that doesn't have a long-term impact on the happiness of the team with me and me with the team and of being here and looking forward to racing many more years here," he said. "The final warning matter is completely irrelevant. If you have a contract for 10 years or 0 years, it's completely irrelevant."

Rosberg said he fully understood Mercedes' warning.

"Do I think the message has arrived from the team to me? For sure the message has arrived. They have done a very good job at bringing home the message."

But the talks have not changed Rosberg's view on last weekend's collision and he said there was no need for him to apologise to Hamilton or the team.

"It's not a question of apologising. We are now moving forward, it's a thing of the past and we've had our discussions and been through it and together we have come to a conclusion of how best to move forward.

"That's it and now we are going racing again. The great thing for all of us is that we are still definitely free to race, which is what we all want because we want to battle out there. So that still remains nearly unchanged and that's the most important, isn't it?"