Legendary multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi has confessed that he and Ferrari 'talked' about the possibility of him replacing the struggling Luca Badoer for the Italian Grand Prix – before concluding that it would not have been a 'logical' move.
Rossi's name has been linked to Ferrari for a while, and paddock whispers suggest that – at still just 30 – there remains time for arguably the two most famous names in motor racing to join forces with one another. The Italian has tested for the Scuderia
on a number of occasions in recent years, but has always stopped short of committing to anything concrete – and though he was tempted by the latest proposal, the Urbino native reflected, ultimately it was not the right choice to make.
“I talked with Ferrari about racing at Monza,” he told Saturday's La Gazzetta dello Sport
, “but without testing and not being in a fight for the title, it would not have been logical.”
One title 'The Doctor' is very much in the fight for, however, is a record-breaking ninth world championship crown in 2009 and seventh in motorcycling's premier class, leading FIAT Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo as he does by 25 points in the riders' standings with five races to go, despite his fall at Indianapolis last time out.
At Ferrari, meanwhile, Force India's Belgian Grand Prix hero Giancarlo Fisichella is set to take over in the cockpit of the #3 machine on home turf at Monza, replacing Badoer – who languished some way off the pace in both Valencia and Spa-Francorchamps on his return to active F1 competition almost a decade on from his last appearance in the top flight – and filling in for the injured Felipe Massa until the Brazilian is deemed well enough to rejoin the grid in the wake of his Hungaroring qualifying accident.