F1 chapter ‘not closed’ – Rossi

Fri, 10 November 2006, 08:19

Six months after turning down a spot in the Ferrari camp, Valentino Rossi has refused to rule out a future switch to the world of grand prix racing.

“The F1 chapter is not yet closed,” the 27-year-old MotoGP star said to Motards Online on Thursday, after testing twice world champion Mika Hakkinen’s Mercedes-Benz DTM car at Hockenheim.

He was about one second per lap slower than a top DTM pilot.

“But I still don’t know at this time whether I’ll ever race on four wheels,” Rossi, nicknamed ‘The Doctor’, insisted.

Rossi, however – who failed to win the premier two-wheeled championship in 2006 – also claimed that he does not regret his decision to stick to motorbikes at least for now.

“Ferrari’s offer was a great one,” the Italian was quoted by Sport-Informations-Dienst as saying, “but I am highly motivated for the next season in MotoGP — particularly after my difficult time in ’06.”

Rossi will drive a Subaru in New Zealand’s round of the World Rally championship later this month.

He said: “I want to find out whether I like it and whether I am good enough.”


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