Valentino Rossi has finished the first day of his test in a Ferrari F1 car at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
Because of testing restrictions Rossi cannot use a current model, so he is driving a 2008-specification Ferrari F2008 supplied by Corse Clienti and using GP2 tyres. His distinctive number 46 is emblazoned on the nose of the car.
A thunderstorm at the circuit in the morning kept him from doing any running until the afternoon when track conditions improved.
Rossi did 68 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya and set a best time of 1’25.200 in the afternoon. He said:
I’m happy. It was a good test, although it was wet in the morning and without grip I had some problems. Fortunately the dried off in the afternoon, I could use the slicks and improve my lap times.
Rossi said last year he is not considering leaving Moto GP to race in F1 or another four-wheeled category. He is aiming to beat Giacomo Agostini’s record of 122 wins in motorbike racing. Rossi has won 103 so far, 77 in Moto GP.
Rossi last tested a Ferrari – also an F2008 – at Mugello in November 2008.
Image (C) Ferrari spa / Ercole Colombo