Reigning seven time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi, whose present Yamaha contract expires at the end of this season, looks to have ruled himself out of a full-time Ferrari F1 drive - but has confirmed an interest in driving a third Ferrari.
Third cars are currently not allowed in F1, but Ferrari - which has a 2010 driver line-up of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa - is pushing for a rule change, which would potentially clear the way for Rossi to make his F1 race debut as a 'wild-card' or even to do a full season in the 'satellite' Ferrari.
"To have a strong team like Yamaha's [in MotoGP], Ferrari should hire [Red Bull's] Sebastian Vettel alongside Alonso," Rossi told La Gazzetta dello Sport
"I would like to explore the possibility of a third car for myself."
Most expect Rossi to re-sign with Yamaha, but that wouldn't rule out 'wild-card' drives, with Rossi previously taking part in WRC rounds as well as F1 tests while under contract with Yamaha.