Monday, June 05, 2006

Valentino Rossi cools prospect of future F1 switch

Cars on the agenda but probably not F1
Valentino Rossi is already cooling speculation that he might try to switch to F1 in the future.
The MotoGP champion, who at Mugello returned to winning ways at the weekend, recently turned his back on rumours of a four-wheeled debut by vowing to race bikes again in 2007.

But by signing only a one-year contract with Yamaha, 27-year-old Rossi might be seen to have left the door to the F1 paddock wide open.

He told a press conference in Italy: "In the future I am sure I will do car racing, but maybe not F1."

The flamboyant Italian rider, however, insisted that his tests for Ferrari were genuine, but admitted: "I can go fast with cars, but it would not have been easy to win."

A Rossi 'source', meanwhile, told Motorcycle News: "Valentino realised (at his test at Valencia) that the driver is nothing in Formula One."


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