Ferrari consider Rossi test

Ferrari consider Rossi test

Ferrari would seriously consider testing flamboyant MotoGP ace Valentino Rossi, according to the Scuderia's president Luca di Montezemolo. Ferrari's fifth constructors' title and sixth drivers' championship at the Japanese Grand Prix came on the...

Ferrari would seriously consider testing flamboyant MotoGP ace Valentino Rossi, according to the Scuderia's president Luca di Montezemolo. Ferrari's fifth constructors' title and sixth drivers' championship at the Japanese Grand Prix came on the same weekend that Rossi claimed his third consecutive MotoGP title. Di Montezemolo would like to see what the 24 year old Italian could do with four wheels.

Valentino Rossi.
Photo by Richard Sloop.
"If the conditions were right I think it would be worth it -- a serious test without commitment from either party," said the Ferrari man. "It's always been difficult to go from two wheels to four and these days it is even harder. Today Formula One is much more dangerous than it was in the past, but Valentino is a great champion and a symbol of motor sports."

John Surtees is the only man to have claimed a championship on two wheels and four: in the 500cc class in the late fifties and in 1964 for Ferrari in F1. Surtees achieved this amazing double before he was even thirty years old.

If anyone is likely to repeat such a feat, Rossi could well be that driver. The bizarrely-haired youngster has had over ninety starts in the MotoGP categories, nearly evenly split between 125, 250 and 500ccs and five world championship wins in his career on two wheels is an impressive record.

Rossi became the first ever MotoGP champion in 2002, winning eleven of the sixteen races in the season. In 2003 he took the title with seven wins out of fourteen and was on the podium every single race. He's the youngest ever rider to win three titles in three different classes and won 38 races before he was 23. Move over Michael Schumacher.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Luca di Montezemolo , Valentino Rossi , John Surtees
Teams Ferrari