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Rossi's Ducati switch 'a big step forward' towards F1

Record-breaking multiple MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi has taken 'a big step forward' towards an eventual F1 future with Ferrari by jumping ship from FIAT Yamaha to Ducati in 2011, reckons the Italian's father Graziano...
Valentino Rossi's recently-announced switch from FIAT Yamaha to Ducati from 2011 has brought the record-breaking MotoGP legend a significant step closer to an eventual future in F1 with Ferrari – that is the view of the Italian's father Graziano.

Following last weekend's Czech Republic outing at Brno, Yamaha and Ducati both finally confirmed what had been arguably the worst-kept secret of the summer [see separate stories here and here], but one far less substantiated rumour that has been doing the rounds for some years now is that 'The Doctor' still harbours a desire – borne from his test outings with the Scuderia – to one day competitively try his hand at F1 too.

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has publicly acknowledged his eagerness to bring Rossi onto the grand prix grid in a third scarlet machine should the opportunity ever present itself.

Moreover, not only do the Prancing Horse and Ducati share a common sponsor in Marlboro and a joint annual pre-season media get-together at the Italian skiing resort of Madonna di Campiglio, but Ducati CEO Gabriele del Torchio has also admitted that once the seven-time premier class world champion's two-year contract is up for renewal – at which stage he will be 33 – all options are effectively open.

“Valentino is not yet able to stop with motorcycles,” Rossi Snr – a former GP rider and 250cc race-winner himself back in the late 1970s and early 1980s – told Italy's Sky Sport, “but if in three or four years he will get into F1, then what better road than with Ducati? This seems like a big step forward.”

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Taz - Unregistered

August 17, 2010 10:56 AM

Not this old chestnut again :rolleyes:, his dad is just having a laugh with the press I suspect. Rossi won't be in F1 unless Ferrari can run three cars and that needs sign off of all the teams which will never happen, cost cutting and running three car teams makes no sense. I think Vale would be great for F1 but he's missed his window surely, he's need a few seasons just to get up to speed properly, he's an awesome talent but look at how Schumacher is struggling with the current regs and he's a 7 times WDC :?

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