No use making multiple threads for shit that most people dont read let alone care about ------- http://planet-f1.com/news/3213/6963070/-Mercedes-GP-Want-Rosberg-Until-2016- Mercedes GP are reportedly seeking a long-term contract with Nico Rosberg, enticing him with the offer of building the team around him. With Mercedes having purchased the 2009 Championship-winning Brawn GP team, rebranding it Mercedes GP, the outfit opted for an all-German line-up with Rosberg teaming up with Michael Schumacher. But it's been the younger German and not the seven-time F1 World Champion who has led Mercedes GP's charge. Rosberg trounced Schumacher in 2010 and again this season he has found himself well ahead of his team-mate in the Drivers' Championship. This has reportedly prompted Mercedes GP to concede that it is Rosberg and not Schumacher who is the team's future. And the German outfit's team bosses are now keen to ensure that Rosberg remains a part of their future with Sport Bild claiming they are keen to sign him until 2016. "I count on the fact that he will be with us in 2012, and if it comes down to me, he will be here much longer," said Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug. And the team is willing to offer Rosberg a tidy sum for his loyalty. Not only will his salary increase to ten million per year, but they will also build the team around him, giving him automatic number one status. ------- http://planet-f1.com/driver/18227/6962834/Virgin-part-ways-with-Wirth-Research With Wirth Research behind their F1 cars, Virgin entered Formula One with a car designed solely on CFD technology. However, the car proved to be unsuccessful, finishing bottom of the Constructors' Championship in year one. And although the team had expected better this season, Virgin have again failed to deliver as the car is not up to scratch. As such, the team has parted ways with Wirth. "The decision has been taken that the team will take greater control of its own destiny," Marussia Virgin CEO Andy Webb told Autosport. "Accordingly, having consulted with our existing technical partner during the course of the past few weeks, we have been obliged to terminate our relationship with them." "I believe that the steps we are taking in terms of our technical leadership and operational excellence will provide us with the robust foundation required to go on and achieve our performance objectives in the years ahead. "These are bold but positive steps that will enable us to move forward with confidence." The dismal start to this year's Championship has forced the team to focus on next year's car with former Renault engineering director Pat Symonds, who was called up to act as a consultant, believed to be behind the team's new strategy. Symonds is also reported supervising Virgin's 2012 car although Webb insists they are still working on improving this year's MVR02. "At this time of year it is commonplace for all teams to start looking ahead to the following racing year, whilst continuing to develop the existing car for the remaining races of the current season," he said. "The upgrades we have planned for the summer races are now passing from the design phase to the production stage and more and more of our focus is turning to 2012. "In light of our long-term plans we will continue to aggressively pursue this strategy, but as next year's regulations contain few changes we hope that some of the development work aimed at the MVR-03 may also find its way onto the current car. "In November 2010, sports car manufacturer Marussia Motors acquired a significant shareholding in the Marussia Virgin Racing F1 Team, securing the Team's future and underlining the marque's long-term commitment to Formula One. "Over the past six months, Marussia and the Board of Directors have undertaken a comprehensive review in order to ensure that Marussia Virgin Racing has the strongest platform, team of people and resources in place to achieve its long-term ambitions. "Integral to this review has been an evaluation of the technical direction of Marussia Virgin Racing. Marussia's goal remains to be in a position to be able to challenge for a podium finish at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi 2014. "With this in mind, it is readily apparent that the team must take major steps in order to accelerate its rate of improvement. "Looking ahead, we will now be pursuing an alternative technical path and look forward to announcing our plans in more detail over the coming weeks."