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Rossi and Ogier get Mercedes test invites

Toto Wolff invites MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi and four-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier to test for Mercedes
Toto Wolff has invited MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi and four-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier to test for Mercedes.

The Brackley team did a similar promotional stunt earlier this year with three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, with the outing organised by mutual sponsor, Monster. Lorenzo, who lauded the test as a 'dream come true', got behind the wheel of a 2014-spec car at Silverstone.

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“I am aware that F1 is also a show and I'd really like to test the ability of Rossi and Ogier at the wheel of our cars,” the Mercedes boss confirmed in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Yes, my idea is to be able to organise a day with them."

Rossi did a number of tests with Ferrari between 2004 and 2006 – when a switch to F1 was mooted, while Ogier has yet to sample an F1 car, but has previously told Crash.net he would like to do so.

“I think it is the dream of everyone [to drive an F1 car],” said the Frenchman back in 2013. “It is the highest performing car you can find. Definitely I hope I will get the chance to try it and discover this sensation.”

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taliz

December 28, 2016 11:52 AM
Last Edited 66 days ago

Rossi is sponsored by Monster too, so that will be no problem. Ogier however is sponsored by Red Bull, so that will be probably be difficult. I doubt they want to see their driver in a car with Monster logos on.. Remember what happened when Lorenzo was sponsored by Rockstar Energy, and Yamaha got Monster sponsorship?

richard

December 28, 2016 12:36 PM

taliz: Rossi is sponsored by Monster too, so that will be no problem. Ogier however is sponsored by Red Bull, so that will be probably be difficult. I doubt they want to see their driver in a car with Monster logos on.. Remember what happened when Lorenzo was sponsored by Rockstar Energy, and Yamaha got Monster sponsorship?
nobody will be worried about it! the cars will be 2 years old and the sessions will be private. apart from that, it is very easy to cover any sponsors logo, and as far as i can remember, monster wasnt on the mercs two years ago.



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