In recent weeks, at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Austria, Valentino Rossi officially announced his decision to hang up his helmet at the end of this season. The champion from Tavullia said goodbye to a world that has earned him 116 career victories and nine world titles, including seven in the premier class. The last two, won in the 2008-2009 two-year period, however, could also not have arrived if fate had taken a different turn and above all if Rossi himself had made different decisions. In fact, between 2004 and 2008 the Doctor, at the time an absolute and central figure of reference in MotoGP, competed several tests with Formula 1 Ferrari.
Years later, Rossi himself admitted that at the beginning of 2006, when the centaur from Tavullia had just returned from five consecutive world titles, a leap from two to four wheels was seriously hypothesized. A sensational transfer, in pursuit of the pursuing the company only succeeded in John Surtees: win titles in both leagues. The Yamaha rider eventually opted for loyalty to motorcycles, and was rewarded. But if at the time Rossi had heeded some advice, today perhaps we would be talking about a very different story. During a long interview with Gazzetta dello Sport in fact, Valentino’s father, Graziano Rossi, admitted that he had hoped that his son would succumb to the Ferrari court.
“Yes, I was very fascinated by this possibility – said Rossi sr., Speaking of that negotiation – Valentino, who is much more down to earth than me, soon realized that it would be more fun to continue with the bike. By doing the tests with the others he also understood how little the driver counted in Formula 1, while he was aware of his importance on two wheels “.