The world's hottest property on 2 and 4 wheels?Rossi has only ever driven an F1 car six times but was so fast that the possibility might now be approaching a probability. With Ducati unlikely to take the gamble on Rossi regardless of how enticing the prospect of an Italian rider piloting its machinery might be, Rossi might well be running out of challenges in the field of motorcycling.
Rossi drove more than 300 kilometres after the rain delays on the first day, completing 68 laps of the circuit. His fastest lap was 1.25.200, that compares well with the circuit lap record of 1:21.67 set by Kimi Raikkonen in 2008 in an identical car. By the end of the second day of the test sessions Rossi had more than 600 kilometres on the clock, the results were quite astounding. On the 135th circuit of the 136 laps of the 4.655 km circuit, Rossi stopped the clocks at 1.21.900. The times of Felipe Massa set the following day in an identical car were very relevant, and Ferrari notably withheld them when releasing details, so that no-one else knows how good Rossi is (until they have secured his signature on a contract?).
Ferrari race team boss Domenicali had been asked about a possible future for Rossi behind the wheel, his response BEFORE Rossi’s test: "Never say never".
With Rossi’s Yamaha contract due to expire at the end of 2010....