TEAM MATES IN 2017? The Formula 1 paddock is swirling with rumours of a possible switch to Ferrari for Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg. Image: AP / Pavel Golovkin
Monaco - The big rumour swirling in Formula 1 circles at present is whether Nico Rosberg is really contemplating a switch from Mercedes for 2017.
Italy's Corriere della Sera claims talks between the championship leader and Ferrari are underway.
Earlier in May, Wheels24 reported that Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said it is a "priority" to negotiate a new deal with championship leader Nico Rosberg.
'Let's see what the future holds'
When asked about that as he departed the Barcelona test, Rosberg said: "I feel very good at Mercedes, but let's see what the future holds."
A move to Ferrari would create a German 'super team' at the very Italian Ferrari, and Rosberg said his relationship with Sebastian Vettel is "normal".
It is probably better, however, than his current relationship with Lewis Hamilton, particularly after their first-lap crash in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Rosberg explained: "It's always hard when you're fighting for the championship for three years.
"On the other hand it's fun too because we push each other. Sunday (May 15) of course didn't go well, but our relationship will remain the same as before."
'Mercedes will be quick in Monaco'
The F1 world did not get to see Mercedes' race pace last Sunday, but the Spanish GP did show that Red Bull has now joined Ferrari as a true challenger.
Rosberg said: "For sure we need to keep a close eye on our competitors, which are Ferrari and Red Bull. But I believe we will also be fast in Monaco, so it's ok."