Valentino Rossi has stated his desire to race for Ferrari’s Formula One team in the future – providing the team’s plan to be allowed to run a third car come to fruition.
The MotoGP star has tested for the team on several occasions, most recently over the winter, and has always impressed Ferrari’s top brass with his pace, in particular president Luca di Montezemolo.
Rossi recently ruled out an F1 switch to be one of Ferrari’s lead two drivers, but the Italian is keen to race in the third Ferrari should one ever appear on the grid.
“I would like to explore the possibility of a third car for myself," the Yamaha rider told Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy.
He also said Ferrari should replace Felipe Massa with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel to have a “strong team”.
“To have a strong team like Yamaha's, Ferrari should hire Sebastian Vettel alongside Alonso," he said.
Rossi is expected to be on crutches for at least six weeks in the wake of his leg-breaking crash in practice for the Italian Grand Prix last weekend.