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 Rossi in F1? Schuey in MotoGP? WTF?

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PostSubject: Rossi in F1? Schuey in MotoGP? WTF?   Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:10 pm

The Guardian wrote:
I could have been a good F1 driver, says Rossi

MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi said on Thursday he could have been a good Formula One driver if he had made the switch three years ago.

Rossi tried out Ferrari's 2008 F1 car at the Mugello circuit as a gift from the Italian team after his eighth motorcycling world title.

He had serious tests for Ferrari in 2005 and 2006 but decided to stick with two wheels.

"With a lot of work I could have become a good F1 driver. It is hard to say if I would have become a winner or not, but the potential was there," he told reporters after a strong test.

Rossi managed a fastest lap of one minute 22.5 seconds, less than two seconds behind recent times recorded by Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen on the same track.

Wearing his distinctively-coloured helmet, he was roared on by around 1,000 fans and could have gone faster had his 51-lap run not been cut short by an approaching thunderstorm.

The chances of Rossi ending up in Formula One look to have gone but the 29-year-old has talked about the possibility of moving into rallying permanently when he finishes with MotoGP.

The Italian was second in the Monza rally last weekend and is due to race in the British round of the world championship next month.

Ferrari's seven-times champion Michael Schumacher has entered occasional motorcycle races since retiring in 2006 while rally champion Sebastien Loeb tested for the Red Bull Formula One team in Spain this week.
Now all we need is for Schumacher to say he would have been good in MotoGP... oh wait... something like that has already been said

BBC News wrote:
Schumacher could join Superbikes

Honda say they are ready to offer retired seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher a ride in the 2009 World Superbikes championship.

Schumacher, 39, has raced in German superbike races with Honda this year.

Honda Racing boss Carlo Fiorani told La Gazetta dello Sport: "Michael has not asked us to race in the worlds. But if he wants to, there is a way for him."

Meanwhile, MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi says he could switch to rallying when he finishes racing bikes.

The 29-year-old Italian, who won his eighth world motorcycling title this year, signed a two-year contract in July to continue riding for Yamaha in MotoGP and is competing in next month's Wales Rally GB as a driver.

"Yes, I like rallies very much," Rossi told La Gazetta dello Sport when asked if he saw his future in the sport. "I think it is possible when I finish with bikes. I have another two years, after that we will see."

Rossi has driven in a number of rallies in the past, including the Rally GB in 2002, when he crashed out.

Schumacher, who recorded fast times on a Ducati in tests in Portugal last week, has previously played down talk of him racing seriously on bikes.

Earlier this year, he said: "There will be no second career on motorbikes. This is just a hobby."
I see... the 'ol switcheroo!

Even though it will most likely never happen, I'd love to see Rossi in F1 and Schuey in MotoGP... just for one race. Like they do in Porsche Supercups... bring in guest drivers. If only...

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PostSubject: Re: Rossi in F1? Schuey in MotoGP? WTF?   Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:41 pm

I would definitely like to see Sebastian Loeb driving in F1. Has there been any rally drivers in the past that switched over to F1?
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