THURSDAY 4TH AUGUST 2005
MotoGP ace Valentino Rossi has thanked Ferrari after again being given the opportunity to drive their F1 car.
Rossi, who has just signed a new one-year deal with Yamaha, explained that the reason for the test was to get a 'better understanding of an F1 car'. He completed his two day outing on Wednesday, notching up over 80 laps at Fiorano - the Scuderia's private test track - in last year's car, the championship winning, F2004.
"I wanted to get a better understanding of a Formula 1 car," he explained, "and I would like to thank Ferrari for giving me the opportunity to do so.
"The two days were intensive and interesting. I completed a lot of kilometres and I began to understand the handling of the car, working with the engineers and [test driver] Marc Gene.
"Now I go back to the two wheels where there is still a long way to go to the end of the season."
Moto GP superstar Valentino Rossi looks over Michael Schumacher's Ferrari at the 2004 Australian Grand Prix