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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rossi still looks good in red

Valentino Rossi (ITA V. Rossi, Test, Mugello 2008

Valentino Rossi once again proved to be quick behind the wheel of a Ferrari in a special session at the famed Mugello circuit, a gift from the team for winning his eighth motorcycling title.

His time of 1:22.5 was just about a half second slower than Ferrari regulars Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, and a time set by test driver Luca Badoer on the same day.

He was four seconds off the lap record, set by Rubens "Captain Slow" Barrichello (apologies to James May) in 2004.

The bike champion's future looks increasingly like it will be on four wheels. The Italian finished second at the invitational Rally of Monza last week (Le Mans ace Rinaldo Capello won the event), and he has said he is considering Rallying when he is finished on bikes.

Rossi was looking serious for a move to Formula 1 after tests with Ferrari in 2005 and 2006, and reckons had he made the move, he would have been successful.

"The times we did in Fiorano, here and in Valencia have been analysed and with some good hard work and lots of effort I could become a good Formula One driver," Rossi told news services. "It's difficult to say whether or not I would win, but the potential is definitely there."

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