January 16, 2010
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Valentino Rossi has had a go on Ferrari’s F1 simulator in Maranello today, as part of preperations for his upcoming test in Barcelona.
Ferrari had announced this week that Rossi, the 9 times motorbike champion, would be allowed a test of the team’s F2008, as a reward for winning his latest title. This test will take place in Barcelona, on Wednesday and Thursday.
Today, Rossi prepared for the test with a run in the team’s simulator, and was allowed to drive a Ferrari 458 around the Fiorano track.
Update: While Rossi was in the simulator, GMM reported that he had an appendix operation. Fail!
January 13, 2010
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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has confirmed the launch of the Ferrari 2010 car will be on January 28th, at Maranello.
He also confirmed that Moto GP champion Valentino Rossi will test an older Ferrari F1 car, as a reward for winning another Moto Gp title. This test will be on January 20th and 21st.
Although the idea of Rossi racing for Ferrari is currently ruled out, Stefano believes that if 3-car-teams were introduced, he would have a good chance.
“A pilot such as Valentino, should he be interested, could be consistent with this type of project,” said Domenicali at the annual Wrooom event yesterday.
He also said that the door was open for Casey Stoner to test for Ferrari if he wished. The Ducati rider said that he was considering a car-racing career after Moto GP, but hinted that this may be in the Australian V8 supercar series.
Domenicali said: “I’ve heard that he will concentrate on the [MotoGP] season but that he would like to better understand the world of cars and Formula 1, so we will see.”
“Without entering into a path that is outside my competence, the main goal of Casey and Ducati is winning the championship this year. After that, we’ll see.”