Rosberg no comment as Ferrari talk grows

1 November, 2011

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

Nov.1 (GMM) Rumours that Nico Rosberg could be flirting with a switch to Ferrari are gaining strength this week.

A source triggered the speculation by telling the Cologne publication Express that the 26-year-old is “thinking about” the famous Italian team.

Mercedes’ Rosberg, however, has a contract for 2012, as does Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa.

But Bild newspaper reports that Rosberg “has a clause that allows him an early termination under certain circumstances”.

After India, Rosberg openly criticised his race strategy that appeared to have favoured teammate Michael Schumacher.

At the same time, Express reports that Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo was dismayed with Massa’s performance in India, featuring a crash with Lewis Hamilton and two near-identical mistakes that damaged his suspension.

“In the week before India, Nico was in Maranello,” another source is quoted as revealing. “Ferrari wants to have him.”

When asked if he will be at Mercedes next year, Rosberg answered: “I don’t want to say anything about it.

“We are having discussions about a long-term cooperation.”

Might those discussions be with Ferrari as well? Eddie Jordan, a former team boss and now British television pundit, thinks Massa should be worried.

“He needs to be careful because there are many talents out there,” he is quoted by Austria’s laola1.

“He does have a contract but in formula one you can never be sure.”


  • Butterfly

    Why don’t Ferrari & Mercedes swap drivers. Massa has worked with Schumacher, Brawn, Costa before. It makes sense.

    We’d get to see Mercedes-McLaren accidents :-)

  • Schumifan

    I don’t know if Mercedes would want him after his recent performances. Maybe they feel he’ll do better in a different enviroment and as Butterly said he does have a good rapport with Schumacher and Brawn.
    Still I feel it’s more likely that Mercedes will approach Di Resta to fill Rosberg’s seat if he leaves for Ferrari.
    As for Massa, I wonder where he’ll end up going – he’s surely a great prospect for a smaller up and coming team, perhaps he’ll replace Trulli at Lotus.

  • Twiinz

    “He would easily crush Alonso at Ferrari”
    Not a chance. Rosberg is a good qualifier, but his racecraft is nowhere near Alonso. Rosberg has been on par with a 42 year old Schumi and is now loosing out to him. Alonso beat Schumi when the German was in his prime. Rosberg would finally win a race with Ferrari but has no prayer of out scoring Alonso over the course of a year.

  • Twiinz

    Weird, my previous post was supposed to go on the earlier story, don’t know how it went to this one. :)

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