Valentino Rossi Reveals Ferrari’s Reaction to ‘Joke’ F1 Test-Drive in 2004

Published 08/21/2021, 3:31 AM EDT
MotoGP – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – April 18, 2021 Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Valentino Rossi before the race REUTERS/Pedro Nunes


Moto GP legend, Valentino Rossi mentioned in his exit interview, “Unfortunately this will be my last half-season as a MotoGP rider. And it’s difficult, it’s a very sad moment because it’s difficult to say it and know that next year I will not race with a motorcycle…”

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The open-ended announcement let fans speculate about the possibility of Rossi in F1. While that may be a long shot, Rossi reflected upon his time in an F1 car.

In 2004, The Doctor had a go in the Ferrari monocoque “as a joke.” This ingrained a very ideal idea in the minds of the fans – one of Rossi in the red car. An irrefutable fact, the Italian stated, “In reality I was born as a car driver.”

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While what could have been remains unknown, Rossi explained his experience in the Italian outfit. “I was looking for speed. And so when I tried it, I did it seriously, and it went well. Those of the Ferrari were open-mouthed.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Despite Rossi terming it “a dream,” his time at Ferrari would have only thwarted the pace of his career. ” I would not have immediately become a Red driver: I would have had to do my apprenticeship first, driving in the F1 junior teams. Then it would depend on the results.” 

Not ready to shift to the four-wheel machine, Rossi continued his career with his beloved motorcycles, making the legendary name he has today. Looking back, Rossi has no regrets. He simply remarked, ” Not bad. Since that 2006 I have done like another whole career.”

Valentino Rossi takes up a new role

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Born a racer, Rossi is now looking forward to continuing his legacy. The legend recently announced that he is going to be a father, through witty pictures posted on his socials.

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The Doctor announced that he and his wife are expecting a baby girl. While this may be the new chapter Rossi hinted at, Rossi is far from done with his time on the fast lane. And now with racing in her veins, the future looks to make place for a Jr. Doctor.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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