Rossi reflects on driving Hamilton’s car

Mark Scott
Valentino Rossi

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has said his experience driving the Mercedes was very different to the last time he tried an F1 car.

Similar to Lewis Hamilton and his thoughts on swapping to two wheels, Rossi said the run came with its challenges but he ultimately still very much enjoyed the experience.

The car’s handling stood out for the Italian, who had to get used the G-forces involved when driving a Formula 1 car.

“I have tried an F1 car before, but much has changed since then,” Rossi said.

“Sincerely, I was impressed with the car and its handling, as well as with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team, who were great to work with.

“They were very welcoming and made it easy for me to get familiar with the car.

“At first you get an amazing sensation of speed. The G-forces were not so bad, but it takes some getting used to.

“Once I got into the rhythm I could really push. It was a great pleasure.

“I really enjoyed sharing this experience with [Lewis], and I think he had loads of fun too, demonstrated by how reluctant he was to stop riding!

“I sincerely hope we will get to have many more experiences like this in the future.”

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