• Apr 22, 2010
Valentino Rossi, widely acknowledged as the greatest motorcycle racer of all time, may have a second career on something with more than two wheels. As diehard MotoGP and Formula One fans are already aware, the Italian superstar has proven to be just as fast around a race circuit when piloting a Ferrari F1 car as he is on his Yamaha motorcycle, and the Scuderia has made numerous overtures to The Doctor in an effort to get him to cross disciplines.

Apparently, outgoing Fiat Group Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo reiterated once again earlier this week that it would love to put Rossi in the driver's seat of one of its scorching red F1 cars, saying:
We want a third car [in F1 next year] and I would do everything to have Valentino... When he wins this year's MotoGP, enough is enough, he must also win in Formula 1.
So, is it going to happen? We have no idea, but there is some conjecture that if Rossi continues his winning ways by capturing his tenth World Championship on two wheels, it might make the decision to try his hand at F1 a bit easier to make.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2009 Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Motorcycle Daily]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Even is Rossi did want to join F1 he would probably wait until after the new 1000cc engines are introduced so he can try to win a championship on those also.

      It would be cool to see but I think he would just be fighting for points and not race wins.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly, hes won 125, 250, 500, 990, 800 I'm sure he'll want to win 1000's and I wouldn't be surprised to see him have a go at Moto2 as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Worst. Idea. Ever.


      While leaders can walk away in MotoGP, there is nearly guaranteed to be some challenges for position and actual passing. Last-lap passes frequently occur. The racing is rarely boring.

      Contrast that with F1, which is rarely exciting because of the lack of passing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He is still gonna race bikes until at least 2012. He will probably feel that he is too old for F1 then. Luca can stir all he want, I doubt it's gonna happen. Get over it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well Spies is in 5th after one race on a satellite team. I pick him to shake up moto gp next season anyways so if rossi leaves then no big deal for me. tired of the same 2 or 3 guys winning all the time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "When he wins this year's MotoGP, enough is enough, he must also win in Formula 1.'

      hey luca, have you asked Valentino what he wants? Perhaps he doesn't want to be part of bernie's circus, or he just loves racing bikes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Yes, hello? West Coast Customs? You really screwed up the paint job on my helmet! Ferrari is calling in my other ear, hold on."
      • 4 Years Ago
      agostini might have something to say about the "widely acknowledged as the greatest motorcycle racer of all time,"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Indeed.
        It's better to say that Rossi is one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time. It's really hard to compare racers from different eras.

        Ago's 122 Grand Prix wins and 15 World Championships titles is pretty incredible - plus he won 10 Isle of Man TTs! That's a race Rossi has never done and it really separates the men from the boys.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rossi is awesome, but no title at the Isle of Man equals less than the best ever. Many will consider him the best, but in my mind Hailwood and Agostini are better because of the courage required to race at a place like the Isle of Man. If he does win in F1, it will not be unprecedented. John Surtees has World Titles on 2 and 4 wheels already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everybody is missing the fact that di Montezemolo said: "We want a third car [in F1 next year] and I would do everything to have Valentino... When he wins this year's MotoGP, enough is enough, he must also win in Formula 1."

      See the part about wanting a third car. That's not going to happen. No third car, no Rossi, no matter if he wants to drive or not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "When he wins this year's MotoGP, enough is enough, he must also win in Formula 1.'

      hey luca, have you asked Valentino what he wants? Perhaps he doesn't want to be part of bernie's circus, or he just loves racing bikes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can Ferrari even get a 3rd car on the grid? Not sure its going to work but maybe that means Massa is the odd man out as I would assume he is getting alittle frustrated by always playing second fiddle.
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