Rossi: 2/10ths of a second slower than Kimi

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Rossi_F1.jpgTo celebrate his ninth world championship, Ferrari let Valentino Rossi have a go in the F2008 Formula One car at Mugello. The result? A 1:21.9 time, just tenths of a second off Kimi Raikkonen’s outright lap record of 1:21.67, set in the same car.
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Does this mean we’ll lose Rossi to four wheels? Not likely. At 30,
Rossi would be a decade older than the sport’s rookies and the
corporate environment surrounding Formula One would likely be a turnoff
to a rider who famously eschewed champion Honda in favor of having fun
at Yamaha.

“We tried different set ups and he improved a lot: this means that the
driver learns quickly and has room for improvement,” said Luca
Baldisserri, the director of Ferrari’s motorsport operations.

via Wheels

  • ogie 1

    He got game…

  • Lance

    Wow, this guy is unbelievable

  • Tero

    Keep in mind, he was on slicks when 2008 they used grooved tires. Still, Rossi is great on 4 wheels too :)

    • http://www.suspectsunlimited.com Cru Jones

      Very good point and I agree, Rossi is still very good on 4 wheels.

  • CafeRacer1200

    Great accomplishment! Still, remember that being alone on a track is whole different world than being amid other cars.

    • mike

      “Great accomplishment! Still, remember that being alone on a track is whole different world than being amid other cars.

      CafeRacer1200 | January 22, 2010 8:05 AM | Reply “

      But Rossi is just tenths off of “Raikkonen’s outright lap record of 1:21.67, set in the same car”….LAP RECORD….they didn’t just pick one of Kimi’s random laps.

      Rossi is rediculous! Beast!

      • Murali

        I just cant keep still. NOT THE SAME TIRES AND FUEL.
        But seeing that i am commenting from 2013, i’ll just say Rossi may be good, may be even very good, But he is not the best. See what he did in subpar machinery in the last two years.

  • http://muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Somewhere, Max Biaggi sits, going much slower.

  • Marco

    Dorna’s claimed the rights for the video!

    End of fun!

  • ACohen

    Some people are just natural born racers, the training and physical fitness are just icing on the already delicious cake. Look up some videos of Michael Schumacher on a Ducati pulling lap times I can only dream of.

  • uberbox

    speaking of corporate environment, looks like mighty Dorna had their say about posting this vid on the ‘tube.

  • wyatterp

    i think it would be a fantastic opportunity. kimi is racing WRC this year and the ferrari is badly in need of development, which happens to be one of rossi’s biggest strengths. i say go for it.

  • Adrian

    Vale has already said it is more likely he will go to WRC than F1.

    As a natural winner and competitor I think he realizes his limitations

    • ryan

      he’s shit at rally.
      Crashed a peugot 206 on the first stage and wrote it off.

      He’s simply not good enough for rally.

      • monkeyfumi

        Yes he crashed the peugeot, but he also beat Colin McRae in the monza rally, and almost made the top ten in both New Zealand and Great Brittain.
        He is certainly good enough for rally.
        As for the recent F1 laps, it was completely different weather, with different tyres, so anything you want can be read into that.

  • Hangar4

    i missed the vid! damn me!

  • http://jalopnik.com/people/gearhead_318/ charlie

    I’d be cool to see him and schumacher race on bikes and in F1 cars, since they both can apparently do both.

  • ridingisliving

    I believe you have the time wrong…Rossi lapped 1.2 seconds slower than Kimi’s Record..still very impressive.
    http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/156179/1/rossi_fast_but_f1_switch_fun_but_not_feasible.html

  • Art Astle

    Facinating. No, wait – the other one …. oh yeah, tedious. Kar krap.

    How ’bout them (count ‘em) 10 entries so far for the upcoming American Superbike races at Bike Week?