Date: 8th December 2011 at 9:59am
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Amid all the rumours and speculation in Formula One, the possibility of a driver switching to Ferrari is always in the background.

Last season there was a lot of talk regarding Sebastian Vettel’s long term future and the Formula One World Champion even commented on wanting to one day drive for Ferrari.

During the course of the season, those rumours continued to develop, especially when Felipe Massa was failing to live up to the standards of team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and a number of other drivers were rumoured to be possible contenders for the seat.

But just like Vettel before them, Button and Rosberg have both committed themselves to their current teams.

‘I decided to stay because I’m sure the situation will change [Mercedes GP’s poor form], Mercedes is doing everything to create a winning structure. Ross Brawn has told me Aldo Costa is great and the other new technicians are very good too.’ Rosberg told Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted by Autosport Magazine.

Rosberg believes he will have a car capable of challenging for his first Formula One victory in 2012 and a move to Ferrari was never even a consideration: ‘Almost all my friends are Italian, support Ferrari and ask me when I will drive a red car. But I’m not falling for it, because I’m German and to carry on driving for Mercedes is the greatest thing. I just lack a winning car, but I’m sure I’ll have it in 2012. I can’t wait.’

Rosberg also moved to play down the rumoured rift between himself and former seven-time F1 champ and team-mate Michael Schumacher: ‘He’s not what you would call a ********. When I ask him a question, he never lies to me. You can work with him. That was a nice surprise, after having heard so many rumours.’

Rosberg has beaten Schumacher in the F1 drivers standings in both seasons the German compatriots have been team-mates.

2012 is set to be Schumacher’s final year in Formula One, but team boss Ross Brawn has already hinted that Schumacher could extend his current contract with Mercedes.