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Valentino Rossi and Lewis Hamilton swapped ... just for one day.
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Valentino Rossi and Lewis Hamilton swapped ... just for one day.
14 Dec 2019 Moto sport
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Valentino Rossi returned to the saddle of a Formula 1 car for the first time in almost ten years. The last time the Doctor tested the F1 car in 2010.

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Valentino repeatedly tested F1 cars. There were even rumors in the press about Rossi’s possible transition to Formula 1, but this did not happen.

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Rossi and Hamilton took part in special trials on Monday. To Valentino Rossi was presented with the 2017 Mercedes champion car, and Lewis was given a Yamaha M1 prototype, which Rossi was racing at the 2019 Valencia Grand Prix. Lap times have not been published, but there is a great photoset. This event is more about emotions and PR than sports.

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Valentino said: “I used to be a big fan of Lewis, but now I have become an even bigger fan. We spent a fantastic day together when the two top classes of the racing world met for collaboration.

Testing the W08 is a great opportunity for me. I previously tested F1 cars, but since then much has changed. I am impressed with the car and its controls, and I enjoyed working with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team. The guys were very friendly and helped to feel comfortable in the saddle of a car.”

Photo:Copyrights 2019 Yamaha Motor Racing Srl

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