Cape Town - Valentino Rossi’s father has revealed that the MotoGP superstar came close to moving to Formula 1 on numerous occasions.
first tested an F1 car alongside Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher back in
In the years that have passed, he has driven F1 cars on a number
of occasions and speculation of him making the switch continued to be
reported over and over again.
of a potential move from competing in the MotoGP to F1 was at its
height in 2009 when Rossi was considered to be a replacement for the
injured Felipe Massa at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
ended up being ruled out for the remainder of the season, but Ferrari
opted to bring in Luca Badoer initially before calling up Giancarlo
was very close to driving in Formula 1,” Rossi’s father, Graziano, said
in a video that was posted on the MotoGP website.
"Because the only
thing which is comparable to a MotoGP bike is a Formula 1 car, and (competing in) other motorsport (categories) would be taking a little
refused (a move) - his love for MotoGP was too big. If the day after
tomorrow he still wants to go fast in a rally car, for example, or in a
touring car race, or something other than Formula 1, then he can. But
only after he has ended his mission to be number one in the world."
the recently concluded MotoGP season, Rossi finished in second place
for the third year in a row. In the 2016 campaign, the Italian won two
races - in Jerez and Barcelona.