A Rosberg move to Ferrari might be pleasing to his team-mate...

Reports from Italy are claiming that Nico Rosberg is emerging as a possible candidate to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari.

The German performed impressively against Mercedes GP team-mate Michael Schumacher last year, and was on course for an unexpected win at the last race in China until forced to slow to conserve fuel.

And now Italy’s Autosprint is claiming that the 25-year-old’s management has had “contact” from Ferrari, although the report did add that the Italian team was apparently just checking on his contractual situation.

Both Rosberg and Massa have valid contracts with their respective teams until the end of the 2012 season, giving the rumours a clean tie-in with other suggestions that Force India rookie Paul di Resta was on course for a promotion to Mercedes GP.

Meanwhile, there are also rumours that Massa could be a replacement for Mark Webber, who may either hang up his helmet or seek a berth elsewhere if his contract with Red Bull is not renewed.

How much should one read into these rumours? That’s the ultimate $64,000 question…

[Original image via GP Now]

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Richard Bailey

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