WATCH: MotoGP Legend Valentino Rossi Hilariously Turns Down Lewis Hamilton’s F1 Invitation

Published 04/02/2022, 6:06 AM EDT

Anyone who follows Lewis Hamilton knows the Briton is a MotoGP fan. Lewis and MotoGP’s legendary champion Valentino Rossi have been good friends for some time now. The duo met back in 2013 in Barcelona and have since really followed each other’s journeys. Fans credit the duo with a famous video where they swap rides and give a thrilling experience.

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Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi: The Legends

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Coming together again for a talk show, the two legends spoke about their adventures and how they inspire each other. Lewis, humble as always, was quick to recognize Valentino’s successful stint in MotoGP. While calling him a legend, Lewis also described how he once wanted to get into bike racing. However, he funnily stated how he’s thankful for not competing against Rossi, by making a turn to Formula One.

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Hamilton put up a question to Rossi and asked him about joining Formula One. The Italian 43- year-old Rossi comically replied with a, “Unfortunately I’m too old Lewis”. This results in a fun moment where Lewis is seen replying with a “Naaa, get out of here”. Undoubtedly, there is respect and admiration between the two legends.

Hamilton opened up about Rossi’s retirement

Lewis has been very fond of bikes, as we all know, and owns several lucrative machinery himself. He previously claimed that how his dream was to ride a Moto GP bike and mentioned how drivers and riders share several similarities. Back in 2021, Lewis was full of praises for the Italian icon who retired from the racing world. Showing his admiration for the rider back then, Lewis said, “It’s obviously sad to see him stopping but I think his drive, his approach, just everything he’s done has been incredible,”

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“The passion he’s had for so long has shone through, he’s just such a legend, one of the greatest to ever do it, if not the greatest to have done it.” 

“It’ll just be sad not to be watching the races and seeing him ride in style as he usually does, but I think it’s a beautiful time for him also because he’s got a family now that he’s starting to build.”

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Well, talent recognizes talent. This is definitely the case with both Rossi and Hamilton who have always been full of praises for each other. While Rossi has won a total of 9 World championships, Lewis is a seven-time world champion himself. Not that they are competitors, but Lewis still has time to surpass Rossi’s record in motorsports.

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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