So the silly season appears well and truly on with Toto Wolff already playing his games declaring yesterday:
“If Rosberg does not want to renew, then we will consider other options, like Fernando.”
Could it be that Fernando’s reputation has indeed remained fully untarnished despite a cripplingly bad season last year with McLaren Honda?
“Fernando is one of the best drivers in history and I like his character,” reported El Mundo during the interview with Toto.
Such a move could only work if Rosberg’s value has also gone up by the strength of his performances late last year plus this season. This seems confirmed by Italy’s Corriere della Sera who reported that talks between Ferrari and Rosberg have begun.
Correspondent Giorgio Terruzzi says that Ferrari believe “36-year-old Kimi, though well-liked by most in the team, is considered too inconsistent. On the contrary, it seems Rosberg in his full maturity is always fast, strengthened by his difficult experience at Hamilton’s side.”
Then with a move by McLaren to sign Vandoorne, Fernando could be in a Mercedes whilst Rosberg replaces Kimi.
Of course this is all a lot of conjecture but it certainly hints that this year’s silly season will be a ton more interesting than last year’s.