THURSDAY 21ST JULY 2005
MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi has further damped the ever-present rumours of a Formula One switch by saying that a long holiday would probably be preferable to putting himself under the sort of pressure an F1 move would create.
"I have a great passion for four-wheels, especially rally, and I started racing in go-karts but I think it is difficult (to move to F1)," said Rossi. "(F1) is completely another world and would be a lot of work, a lot of pressure - maybe it is better to have a long holiday!"
When pressed further on what his post two-wheel career my hold, the Gauloises Yamaha star added: "Maybe something with less pressure, like rally or something like that. Maybe that is more possible. But I haven't decided yet - I don't know for sure."
The Doctor also spoke about the pressure he is currently under in MotoGP, and how he manages to balance his happy-go-lucky character with the seriousness of motor racing at the highest level.
"I become racing Valentino from Friday morning," he replied. "I try to stay my normal character - with jokes and laughter if possible - but in a race weekend I work always at 100% and try to use every minute to arrive stronger in the race. But I try not to become too serious.
"I think I am lucky because I don't feel a lot of pressure, just one hour before the race I start to feel, for sure, some pressure - but it is a good pressure, a positive pressure," he continued. "This is the way I live and the way I race. I become more serious during the race weekend for sure."
And is the six-times world champion as competitive off the track as he is on it? "Outside of bikes? No. Like if I play football with my friends and I lose it is not a big problem."
Meanwhile, Rossi also revealed that he could continue in MotoGP beyond 2006, after stating that he is interested in the new challenge that the 800cc engines will create from 2007 onwards.
The London based Italian said he will ride for Yamaha again next year, but didn't rule out a team change after that.
Rossi with fans, US MotoGP Race 2005