MotoGP hero Valentino Rossi hints at F1 switch in Lewis Hamilton message
MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi has hinted that he’s ready to get involved in F1.
The veteran racer is motorsport royalty – but has been tipped to race on four wheels before.
He’s pals with Lewis Hamilton and the duo were caught having a chinwag before the 2019 MotoGP season curtain raiser in Qatar earlier this year.
But Rossi has now sent fans into overdrive after posting a cryptic message on social media.
The Doctor can be seen sitting in an F1 car with the caption: “I think me and Lewis Hamilton will have some fun soon.”
Fans on social media were loving the update.
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“Time for the champions to swap machines,” commented one fan.
“Looking forward to it champ,” added a second.
“Come on Valentino show the world that you are fast in any vehicle,” said one more.
Rossi, although still adored by petrol heads around the world, is a declining force in MotoGP.
He floundered throughout the last campaign and was out shone by Petronas Yamaha rookie Fabio Quatararo.
Nevertheless, he is still contracted for another season with the Japanese factory and could still sign another contract.
Rossi was snapped testing the Ferrari 488 GT3 in October.
He is working with the Kessel Racing team as he prepares to compete in the Gulf 12 hour endurance race on December 14.
Rossi was heavily linked with a move into F1 over a decade ago after being just 0.7 seconds off Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari test.
Ex-Ferrari bigwig Stefano Domenicali explained at the time that Rossi could have made the grade.
“Vale would have been an excellent Formula 1 driver, but he chose a different road,” he explained.
“He’s part of our family and that’s why we wanted to give him this opportunity.
“We’re happy to be together once again; two Italian symbols like Ferrari and Valentino Rossi.”
Hamilton, meanwhile, has been linked with a sensational move to Ferrari in 2021.
The British F1 legend bagged his sixth Championship in Abu Dhabi last weekend.
"Knowing that he's available in 2021 can make us only happy," said team principal Mattia Binotto.
- Valentino Rossi
- Lewis Hamilton
- Jorge Lorenzo
- Michael Schumacher
- Formula One
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