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Rossi hints at 'dream' 2011 Ferrari F1 move

Record-breaking multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi has again dropped hints that he is set to switch from two wheels to four in 2011 and join the Formula 1 grid with arguably the sport's most famous team, admitting that 'to drive the Ferrari is a dream for anyone'.

The Rossi-Ferrari-F1 rumours have been doing the rounds of both the grand prix and motorcycling paddocks for some time, with the Italian having tested for the Scuderia on a number of occasions in recent years, but always stopping short of committing to racing for the Maranello-based outfit in favour of remaining in MotoGP.

Though he has again pledged his future to Yamaha for 2010 – as he chases his sixth premier class crown this year, and ninth world title of his extraordinary career – Rossi is leaving his options open beyond the end of next season, mindful of the fact that F1 governing body the FIA is musing over the merits of allowing three-car teams in the top flight. Were Ferrari to run a third car, the man from Urbino would be an obvious choice.

“For the time being I have a certainty,” he is quoted by Visordown as having told Italian media. “Next season I will be in MotoGP with Yamaha; in 2011 we will see. I have not decided what I will do after that – I have some options that are more pressing.

“With Ferrari the plan was defined in 2006. I would have become the test driver and then the driver in the races, but then I was not prepared to leave the world that is my life. Over two years I do not know now how things will be – to drive the Ferrari is a dream for anyone.

“I did not want to leave MotoGP after the fall in Valencia that cost me the title. I do not mourn the choice, but my relationship with Stefano Domenicali, the boss of Ferrari in F1, has continued. [If they were to run three cars in 2011], they would have to think of me for the drive.”

At the beginning of the 2011 F1 campaign, Rossi will still only be 32-years-old, making the scenario an entirely realistic one. 'The Doctor' has also been linked to a future in rallying following a number of successful cross-over outings, most recently in a Malcolm Wilson-run Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Focus WRC on Wales Rally GB last November, finishing twelfth.

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tel.46. - Unregistered

August 24, 2009 6:59 PM

DONT go mate....F1 is dead....and has been for some time.go to bsb or wsb or stay where you are .but just dont go there.. f1 drivers are overpaid and have no character .and moto gp will die if you go...

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