Yeah but is someone else playing mind games with Rossi and Ferrari. Nice little article from Speedtv.com
Reigning Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso didn't sound like Valentino Rossi's biggest fan at a news conference in Madrid yesterday, when the Spaniard revealed the MotoGP star would have a "very difficult" time if he indeed chooses to switch to four wheels.
Rossi has been testing with Ferrari occasionally since 2004, but had his first group outing with the Scuderia two weeks ago in Valencia, where he managed to outpace some F1 regulars although aboard a V10-powered F2004.
"I'm glad that Rossi has tested with Ferrari because that means they have lost valuable time preparing the cars for the show they put on," Alonso said.
"Until we see him race we won't know his true potential, but it will be very difficult for him. He might finish fifth or even get on the podium some time, but I could do the same on the bikes if I was given a bit of time to practice."
The five-time MotoGP champion is tipped as possible Ferrari race driver for '07, as both Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa's current deals with the Scuderia expire by this season's end.
"Let him come and drive [in F1] - it will be good because there will be more media attention," concluded Alonso.