Parrish: Rossi should go - F1 or not
BBC MotoGP commentator, and former grand prix rider, Steve Parrish, believes Valentino Rossi should leave motorcycle racing at the end of this season - preferably for the "virtually impossible" challenge of a Formula One world title.
Rumours linking Rossi to a 2007 Ferrari F1 seat have increased exponentially since the seven times motorcycling world champion finished his first public F1 test, at Valencia in early February, within 0.711secs of 'team-mate' Michael Schumacher and ahead of several F1 GP winners.
"No-one seems quite sure about the actual spec car he was driving - I know he was ninth or tenth fastest - but some have said 'ah his 2004 spec car was much faster'," Parrish told Crash.net Radio, when asked for his thoughts on the test. "I don't really know about that, but I do know Valentino Rossi is an exception - in a vehicle, on a vehicle or around anything to do with a vehicle.
"Rossi's very very talented, he's able to absorb more information than anybody I've ever come across in the past and I think he can make the transition (to F1) - given the time - and it'll need a team that will be able to underwrite maybe six months worth of testing to see if he can do that. But if anybody in our two-wheeled sport can make the transition, then Valentino can."