F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says Valentino Rossi made the correct choice to stay in MotoGP rather than make the bold move into Formula 1.
In 2006, Rossi famously tested with Ferrari and weighed up the idea of switching to F1 before opting to remain in MotoGP – duly going on to clinch two further MotoGP world titles in 2008 and 2009 with Yamaha.
Ecclestone says Rossi made the right decision to stay in MotoGP as he believes the Italian would have found it difficult to go from the top on two-wheels to starting anew in F1.
"He had a couple of chances [to come to F1]," Ecclestone told Gazzetta dello Sport
. "But he was at the peak of his MotoGP career. In Formula 1 he would have started afresh, with many doubts. He did well not to change."
The nine-time world champion narrowly missed out on clinching the 2015 MotoGP championship to his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in a thrilling climax to the season.
Rossi was involved in a clash with Honda's Marc Marquez at Sepang, for which he received three-penalty points and was forced to start from the back of the grid in the season finale at Valencia as punishment. Rossi accused Marquez of helping Lorenzo to the title by 'protecting him' after the two-time MotoGP champion's chances of claiming the title were over.