Scuderia Ferrari may have an all German lineup come 2017, if a report from Italy’s Corriere.it is to be believed.
Corriere sources have told the publication that Ferrari is looking at replacing Kimi Raikkonen with Nico Rosberg once the German driver’s contract expires at the end of 2016.
It’s likely these rumors aren’t true, but if they are, there’s a good chance Rosberg is using any negotiations with Ferrari as a bargaining chip with for re-signing with Mercedes-Benz. His feud with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton is well known, but we don’t think it’d be enough to drive him away from the strong Mercedes team.
Further weakening the case for a Rosberg switch to Ferrari is the strength Raikkonen has showed so far this season. The 36-year old is second in the championship behind Rosberg and while the bad luck of Hamilton and teammate Sebastian Vettel has no doubt played into that, he hasn’t put a wheel wrong all season.
When asked about the future of its driver lineup at Sunday’s Spanish GP, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said it was still too early to think about.
“We have our drivers. There are 16 races still to go so I think it is premature to think about it now,” he told Motorsport.