Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo believes seven time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi will now only return to an F1 cockpit for occasional fun, rather than a career change.
Rossi has tested Ferrari F1 cars off-and-on since 2004, often setting an encouraging pace, and is frequently linked with some kind of formal role at the team.
However di Montezemolo feels that by signing up for a new (two-year) MotoGP challenge at Ducati, 31-year-old Rossi has made his priorities clear.
“Vale in Ferrari red? I don't think so and I'm happy to see Massa and Alonso in red, just as I would be happy to see Valentino once again having fun in a Formula 1 car when the occasion arises,” Montezemolo is quoted as saying at this week's Ferrari/Ducati Wrooom press event.
“However, I think that his aim lies in winning with an Italian motorcycle and therefore not in our sport: I believe he has evaluated his situation well and that he is right.”