In the mid-2000s the team Ferrari reigned in the F1 hand in hand with the german Michael Schumacher. At that time the Italian Valentino Rossi did the same in the a MotoGP. By way of appreciation for what he was accomplishing in the Motorcycle World Championship, the Scuderia invited the star of Tavullia to test its monoposts several times, who always made a very good impression.
In one of those Rossi tests came to be just over half a second behind Schumacher, something that encouraged Ferrari to seriously think about offering a car to race in the Maximum and thus emulating John Surtees, who was the 500cc champion and also the F.1 champion precisely with the Maranello team.
Ever Graziano Rossi, Vale's father, assured that in 2006, when the Maxima was evaluating putting a third car per team, Ferrari were enthusiastic about giving that extra unit to the multiple two-wheel champion. However, that idea was shelved.
However, the Scuderia seriously considered a Plan B: secure Rossi a place at Sauber. This was confirmed Luca di montezemolo, former Ferrari boss, during an interview with Motorsport.
"It was always said that it was good for the image of Ferrari, but in reality it was not like that, we do not need that, we did it out of friendship towards Valentino, out of courtesy towards a great champion", assured the executive about the tests carried out by the motorcyclist.
“He did well and had rhythm, but not consistency. So there came a time when we thought we could still send Sauber a year, but hey, Valentino is smart, and he knew he was No. 1 in motorcycles, and better to be No. 1 there than 4th or 5th in motorsports. Then he did some more tests, but it was more out of friendship ", culminated.
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