After several tests in Formula 1, including recently with Lewis Hamilton, Valentino Rossi admits that he almost launched himself into a career in F1.
On numerous occasions, in the early 2000’s, Valentino Rossi conducted several tests at the wheel of a Ferrari. As a result, rumours multiplied about a possible arrival of the MotoGP star in Formula One.
The Italian was even announced to take over from Michael Schumacher with the Scuderia. In the end Valentino Rossi didn’t leave the world of MotoGP, but he admits that he came close to making a permanent move into the F1 world.
“In 2006 I came very close to moving into Formula One. I had done several tests for Ferrari and afterwards we met with the team management, who had drawn up a very understandable plan to prepare me for a career in Formula One.
“However, that plan said that I should drive a slower car to prepare myself, and I was initially going to be a test driver, which is why I decided to turn down the offer,” said the MotoGP star in an interview reported by France’s Nextgen-Auto.
Rossi is considered to be the greatest and one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name – seven of which are in the premier class of MotoGP.