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.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).
However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.
However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.
Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.
In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth.
On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).
Check out the above video.
Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.
Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).