Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff would like to arrange tests for MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and WRC’s Sebastien Ogier to see how they fare in one of the marque’s hybrid single-seaters.
Mercedes organized a test day with three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo earlier this year at Silverstone, using the 2014-spec W05 Hybrid car.
Wolff is now keen to extend the same offer to Rossi and Ogier to see how they fare when changing discipline, both having enjoyed extraordinary success in their respective fields.
“I am aware that F1 is also about entertainment, And I’d really like to test the ability of Rossi and Ogier behind the wheel of our cars,” Wolff told La Gazetta dello Sport.
“Yes, my idea is to be able to organize a day with them.”
Nine-time motorcycle world champion Rossi has carried out extensive F1 testing in the past, conducting running with Ferrari ahead of a possible race deal back in 2006. However, the Italian opted to stick to two wheels and continued to race in MotoGP.
Ogier, a winner of four WRC titles, is yet to test an F1 car, but does enjoy ties to Red Bull, with the energy drink giant’s colors set to adorn his new M-Sport Ford Fiesta in 2017.
INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.
Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.
It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.
Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)