Rossi: F1 door still open

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Little more than days after losing his MotoGP world crown to Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi has reignited the F1 ‘Will he, won’t he?’ debate after suggesting he could yet race in the series in the future.

Rossi was talking after his latest excursion in a race car, a guest test drive of an AMG-Mercedes DTM car at Hockenheim in Germany, when he insisted that the door to F1 ‘is not closed’.

Last year Rossi came close to signing a Ferrari contract which would have seen him depart MotoGP for F1 2007 – but appeared to pledge his future solely to bikes when he came to no agreement with the Italian firm.
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It seems though that car racing has not given up on him. The Mercedes test was personally supervised by the firm’s hugely influential sporting and F1 boss Norbert Haug who spent the day saying how good Rossi was, on two wheels and four.

The AMG C-class car used by Rossi was that of two-time F1 world champ Mika Hakkinen, who races DTM, and accounts say Rossi was up to competitive race pace fairly quickly.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff