Toto Wolff wants to give Mercedes F1 tests to Valentino Rossi, Sebastien Ogier

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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.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.