Montezemolo: Rossi would rather remain No. 1 in MotoGP than be 4th or 5th in Formula 1

Author of the article: , published January 29, 2021.

The former president of Ferrari, Luke of Montezemolo revealed that it is Valentino Rossi Ferrari's first test of a Formula 1 car was given out of respect and curiosity, but the Italian class star MotoGP cut so well that Ferrari immediately thought of additional testing and then even planned to race with the team for one season Clean, which used Ferrari powertrains and served as an intermediate station for Ferrari’s young racers.

Luca di Montezemolo revealed that Ferrari was preparing the ground for Valentino Rossi's transfer from MotoGP to Formula 1, where he would race at Sauber for one season and move to Ferrari.
Luca di Montezemolo revealed that Ferrari was preparing the ground for Valentino Rossi's transfer from MotoGP to Formula 1, where he would race at Sauber for one season and move to Ferrari.

Rossi first tested the Ferrari F1 race car in 2004 in Fioran, thus fulfilling one of his silent wishes. "Some claimed it was promotional testing, but Ferrari didn't need that kind of media attention at the time," explained di Montezemolo. “Valentino was clever behind the wheel. It was not constant, but it showed great potential, ” recalls Montezemolo, who revealed that at that moment they even saw an opportunity to take part in Formulas 1, and later they already started preparing the ground for Rossi transfer.

"Before moving to Ferrari, we planned to race in the Sauber team for one season," explained the Italian. “But he was smart because he knew that at that moment no. 1 in MotoGP and would rather remain number one than risk becoming fourth or fifth in Formula 1. ”

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