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Ex-F1 man bidding to join V8 grid?

1 January 1901

Former F1 racer Gianni Morbidelli has revealed that he would love the opportunity to test a V8 Supercar with a view to making a move into the Australian-based series.

The Italian, who scored his first Formula One point in the 1991 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide and then took his only podium at the same circuit four laps later, has gone on to forge a career in tin-tops following the end of his Formula One career – having driven in the BTCC, WTCC, FIA GT and Superstars series since stepping out of an F1 car for the final time.

Morbidelli was also one of the drivers to take part in the first ever races for the new Speedcar Series, and it was during the event in Bahrain that he got chance to see the V8 Supercars up close.

"I saw the [V8 Supercars] race at Bahrain because I was there for the Speedcar series," he told Australia's Motorsport eNews, "and I was watching the series and I thought it was very good.

"I have seen every category, from Formula 1, to sportscars to touring cars and I was very impressed. The series was very nice – the level of organisation, the level of drivers, the level of the cars.

"It is important for me to test so I can understand how the cars work, and to show the people what I can do. So if there was a chance for me to test then I would like to come there."

Despite expressing a desire to try out V8 Supercars, Morbidelli – who won the Superstars series last year and took victory in the opening round of the 2008 campaign – said he hadn't yet spoken to any teams about getting some time behind the wheel.

"I only started to think about it after Bahrain," he said. "It was when I saw the cars there that I thought 'that's a car that I would like to drive', because they have lots of power, rear-wheel-drive, and I have already good experience with that kind of car.

"I'm still racing Touring Cars in Italy, because last year I won the championship with Audi RS4, but who knows? I am happy to do another championship, because it is good for my career to try different experiences."