Mercedes F1 boss “I’d love to test the skill of Rossi in our car!”
Earlier this year, three-time MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo grabbed a chance to test the Mercedes F1 teams’ 2014 car at Silverstone, later calling it a ‘dream come true’. The reports of Lorenzo’s time on track were pretty favourable, with many quoting his times as genuinely ‘competitive’.
Now, it would appear that the Mercedes F1 boss would like to extend the experience to MotoGP legend, Valentino Rossi. And Rossi isn’t entirely closed to the idea…
Speaking to Gazzetta Della Sport in December, Toto Wolff half-joked about Rossi taking control of Rosberg’s now vacant seat, ‘I am aware that our sport is a show, and I’d really like to test the skills of Rossi in our cars!’.
Rossi is no stranger to F1 driving of course, having tested out the Ferrari’s from Maranello on several occasions. So he wouldn’t defect to a German manufacturer would he?
“How could I say no, I was lucky enough to try the Ferrari, and I am very good friends with many guys in Maranello, so perhaps it would be a half betrayal… But how can you not try the Mercedes if they do ask? It would be very difficult to say no”.
And what about being offered the seat of retiring champion Nico Rosberg for next year?
“I don’t know… It would be nice”, smiled Rossi when asked the question by Sky Sports, “If they do want to call me, Wolff’s got my number!”.
That’s certainly not a definite ‘no’.