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Ferrari on Rosberg radar?

Nico Rosberg is reported to be considering a move to Ferrari when his current Mercedes deal expires next season.
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.

"Marca 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.

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ppete - Unregistered

October 09, 2011 10:02 AM

I am so tired of Rosberg and talented in the same sentence. He's no more than a steady Eddie also ran. The 42 year old schumacher is starting to wipe the floor with him - this despite the age gap and hiatus. Schumacher is improving while neither is falling back. He should be grateful to schumacher instead of thinking he's top dog.

nath - Unregistered

October 09, 2011 3:33 PM

Fish Fingers incorrect 1. if the car suited Michael he would be beating Rosberg in Quali 2.Rosberg has a very similier driving style (oversteer) as he said himself. Get use to it Schumachers at least 10seconds faster over a race distance then Rosberg end of story.. then changed the chassis last year at Spain but still Rosberg beat Schumacher. its taken Schu a season to get back in the groove and boy hes quick. Challenging the fastest cars on the grid with that dog one word incredible

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