MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi was back behind the wheel of a Ferrari F1 car this week when he undertook a three-day test at Fiorano and Mugello. Rossi has tested with the Maranello squad twice already this year and while he has denied rumours that suggest he will agree some kind of contract with Ferrari, it seems both parties are interested in continuing with the sporadic tests.
"I am happy to have had the chance to get back behind the wheel of a Ferrari Formula 1 car," said Rossi. "On Wednesday I drove at Fiorano to re-acquaint myself with the car in preparation for these two days at Mugello, which is definitely a tough circuit."
"Obviously, I already knew the track, even if it is very different sitting in the cockpit from being on a bike. I was able to do around six hundred kilometres, increasing my understanding of the handling of the car on a very different track to Fiorano."
"I have to say it was a great experience and I want to thank Ferrari and all the engineers and mechanics who were with me on these fantastic days for once again giving me this opportunity."
Ferrari did not disclose any details but it's rumoured that Rossi was about a second off Michael Schumacher's lap record at Fiorano and half that from the former champion's Mugello time. Yamaha rider Rossi had another dominant season in the MotoGP this year and took his fourth consecutive championship at Sepang in September.