Finn Salo, who drove for several F1 teams including Ferrari and Toyota, told broadcaster MTV that the situation will become untenable for the German if he loses a third straight title to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton next year.
“Nico is in a difficult situation,” he said. “Nico is fast, and sometimes even faster, yet he still has not won a championship.
“If he doesn’t win it next year, he may have to go,” Salo, now a broadcaster and occasional F1 steward, added.
48-year-old Salo thinks a leading candidate to replace Rosberg would be fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas.
“Next year is very important for Valtteri,” he said. “He cannot afford a less than perfect season, and must then hope that something better opens up.
“The most probable option for him would be Mercedes. Then the championships can follow,” Salo added. (GMM)