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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo believes reigning MotoGP star Valentino Rossi would not only be competitive in F1 - but a potential world champion.

The Italian superstar once again set an impressive pace during his latest Ferrari F1 test, which was labeled as a reward for winning his ninth two-wheeled title.

During the two-day test, aboard a two-year-old Ferrari F2008 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Rossi set a best lap time two tenths of a second shy of the lap record, set by former Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, and only a tenth away from the Finn's 2008 Spanish Grand Prix pole position time.

It marked the latest in a series of high-profile flirtations with F1 but Rossi, whose Yamaha MotoGP contract expires at the end of this year, continues to play down talk of an F1 switch - saying that he would be too old.

However, according to Reuters, di Montezemolo would not only be prepared to place Rossi in a third Ferrari F1 car, should the rules be changed, but 'did not rule out Rossi racing in one of their two cars currently occupied by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa'.

"Valentino is a potential champion in Formula One," Reuters quotes di Montezemolo as saying.

Rossi is 30-years-old, which is eleven years younger than former Ferrari world champion, and 2010 F1 returnee, Michael Schumacher.

John Surtees is presently the only person to have world championships in both two and four-wheeled grand prix racing.
 

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I have a friend/colleaugue who race for Porsche and started riding a Ducati Hypermotard - it is unbelievable how quick he was for an overweight inexperienced rider. He says it is because the lines are almost the same just a different weapon.

I believe that it take Rossi a season or two but he could be competitive.
 

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i would have to think with lap times like that in a car he rarley drives, I can see multiple f1 titles for rossi come easy.:helmet:
 

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Thats fricken sweet. That dudes just amazing. I know hes on a yamaha but the guys got such a great attitude. Really a good example for the sport
 

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i was reading that too, what skill to be able to do things as he pleases.
 

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Rossi also rode a couple of (factory) cars in WRC ( World Rally Championship ).

:thumbsup:
 

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Rossi is an amazing racer. He has the combination of talent and physiology that makes him a great racer.
 

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He's one of those people that's just fast... Travis Pastrana is kinda like that in that he can excell at almost any motorsport. F1 is one of my favorite forms of racing so it would be cool to see Rossi in that.
 
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