Despite continuing speculation, Valentino Rossi has again re-iterated his conviction that he will be 'too old' to switch across from two wheels to four and race in Formula 1 when his current Yamaha contract expires – even if he will test for Ferrari again over the winter months.
The Italian – who added an incredible sixth Moto GP Championship crown to his record-breaking career laurels courtesy of victory at Motegi just under a month ago – has tried out with the Scuderia
on a number of occasions in the past, most recently at Valencia in Spain in early 2006.
Now, the 29-year-old has confirmed, his dream of celebrating his recent title success with another F1 outing is set to become reality, after the legendary Maranello-based outfit agreed to his request to get back behind the wheel again [see separate story – click here
That outing will come in addition to Rossi's participation in both the Monza Rally Show and Wales Rally GB – the latter for the second time, following his maiden appearance in 2002 – but he again moved to stress that it there is strictly nothing more to it than that.
“It is just a present to me for winning the championship,” the man from Urbino is quoted as having stated by F1SA
. “I have one more year [on my] contract with Yamaha after this, and then I will be 31. That is too old for F1.
“I will drive a Ford on the rally in England, on the weekend of December 7. I am quite excited, because I always have fun in cars, and there is less pressure than at MotoGP.”
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali was equally keen to play down any return of the speculation linking Rossi to a future in scarlet.
“We have a great relationship with Valentino,” the Italian told Sky
television, “and we'll definitely give him the chance to be part of our group again. I think he has already decided the path for his future, though.”