GOAT BIDS ADIEU: How F1 Fraternity Bid Goodbye to MotoGP Legend Valentino Rossi

Published 08/06/2021, 4:31 AM EDT

It is a sad day for the world of motorsports – MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is retiring. The world of F1 came together to bid goodbye to one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time.


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So let’s jump in and see what have the teams posted for the Italian racing driver as he parts ways from the world of motorsports.

Valentino Rossi gets appreciated by Mercedes, Ferrari, and McLaren


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Given his Italian background, it was only natural that Ferrari were the first to wish Rossi all the best for what lies ahead of him.

The Tifosi wrote, “Ciao @ValeYellow46, it’s been wonderful watching you perform on race tracks around the world for all these years and it was also fantastic to share days like this together. Thanks for all the great moments you have given us and best of luck for whatever you do next!.”

The Mercedes posted a picture of him standing next to their own multiple world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Racing says goodbye to one of the all-time (goat emoji)s of the motorsport world.

“A man who absolutely defined a generation of motorcycle racing with nine world titles, seven of those in @MotoGP!

“Enjoy your retirement @ValeYellow46!”

McLaren also dedicated a post to the 42-year-old racing driver. They wrote, “One of the greatest to grace motorsport. Congratulations on a stellar career, @ValeYellow46🙌. 26 seasons of grand prix racing including 7  MotoGP titles, 89 race wins, 55 pole positions and 199 podiums in the class.”

Red Bull’s development driver, Alex Albon also shared a post for Rossi. Being a huge admirer of the nine-time world champion, Albon took the number 46 in his karting days.

He wrote, I have idolised  @ValeYellow46ever since I was a kid. My kart was #46 and covered in Rossi stickers. He’s continued to be one of my biggest inspirations and I will forever admire what he has achieved in motorsport. Congratulations on an incredible career🙌.”

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How is Rossi doing in his last season so far?

The nine-time world champion’s last season in the sport hasn’t been going the way he hoped for. Rossi hasn’t been able to score a win or podium so far this season.


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The 42-year-old has just seventeen points under his belt and sits in the nineteenth spot in the championships. However, he hopes he can pick up the pace and seize some points, aiming to leave the sport on a high.


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What has been your favorite moment of the Italian racing driver? Let us know in the comments below.


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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.