Nico Rosberg may not be as happy at Mercedes as recent reports have claimed, with the Spanish press suggesting that the German may be prepared to throw his lot in with Ferrari should the opportunity arise.
According to Marca
, Rosberg is frustrated at not having been given the chance to win races for a team which, immediately prior to his arrival in 2010, claimed championship honours as Brawn GP. Having shown that he is capable of matching seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher in equal equipment, the son of 1982 world champion Keke is not short of suitors in the paddock, and has emerged as a surprised candidate to replace Felipe Massa alongside Fernando Alonso at Ferrari from 2013, when his current deal expires.
Rosberg, who was denied a shot at qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix when his car was beset with hydraulic problems ahead of the opening phase of the timed session, is apparently prepared to wait and see what offers come his way, rather than rushing into a new deal with Mercedes, and would have moved up Ferrari's shopping list as the likes of Mark Webber and Jenson Button - both considered potential candidates for Maranello next season - inked extensions to their own existing deals with Red Bull and McLaren respectively.
Although Webber would be free to join Ferrari in 2013 should he wish - his extension was for a single season - the report suggests that Rosberg fancies his chances of attracting the attention of the Prancing Horse.
has learned that Rosberg wants to wait on renewing his contract with Mercedes in order to try his luck in negotiating with Ferrari next year," the report confirmed.
Massa's position at Maranello is thought to be under more immediate threat, despite the team suggesting that his seat is safe for next season, and Rosberg could find himself battling with the likes of Sergio Perez, and even Ferrari's current GP2 protégé Jules Bianchi, when it comes to hitting the driver market.