I’ve seen rumors that Nico Rosberg is speaking with Ferrari and wants Fernando Alonso to replace him at Mercedes should he leave the team at the end of this season. Who knows if that’s true but it does start the silly season considering that Kimi Raikkonen’s contract ends this season as well.
Mercedes have not renewed Rosberg’s contract yet and it expires in 2016 but if you were trying to make a point of how good you may be and raise your stock in the eyes of other teams, then leading the championship is a good way to do that.
Testing this week in Spain has added a new twist to the silly season rumors when current reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein was called up last minute to test in place of Esteban Ocon who was scheduled to be the driver for the session. The team, according to Motorsport, says that they needed a veteran driver in order to assess the upgrades they were testing and that very well could be the case but it hasn’t stopped the rumors that it has more to do with the departure of Rosberg than anything else.
The Move has now left only two days of testing left in 2016 which will require a reserve driver to be in the seat thus eliminating Lewis Hamilton from any participation at the next test in at Silverstone.
The suggestion here is that this was an audition of sorts and when asked if he felt is was, Pascal said:
“You always are, you cannot relax, step back, hope or be sure of what happens next year or the next years, so you always need to push.
“You always need to push yourself and make the best out of it.”
The obvious answer to if he would be ready to take Rosberg’s seat should the German leave at the end of the year was a resounding “yes” from Wehrlein. It does bring up the thought of Ferrari and if Rosberg would be a good fit there. What do you think? Would be play well with the team’s Italian pedigree and the other German, Sebastian Vettel?
Hat Tip: Motorsport