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.