It’s going to be a weekend in the name of speed in Italy. While the MotoGP riders are busy in Misano for the San Marino GP, the Formula 1 drivers will be at Mugello, the Temple of Speed, for the first time. It’ll be a special occasion for Ferrari, which will be celebrating its 1,000th Grand Prix.
On the pages of La Stampa today, Valentino Rossi wanted to say goodbye to his 4-wheeled colleagues and recalled the emotions of driving the Rossa around those corners where he has triumphed in the World Championship.
"I’m really envious of the Formula 1 drivers because they’ll be racing at Mugello, while we won’t be able to do it this year. They’ll have a great time because it's one of the best, the most technical, and toughest in the world, for both bikes and cars," he stated.
His last time at Mugello dates back to 2008, but the memories of that experience are still indelible in his mind.
“I remember the great thrill of driving on water. The F1 is even scarier on wet than on dry because it has incredible grip,” the Doctor said.“Then I can’t forget the sensations of driving on the Casanova Savelli and the Arrabbiata 1 and 2. At that point, I went out in a full sixth at 278 kilometers per hour, meaning exactly 100 kilometers per hour more than with a MotoGP. All this inside a kind of box, with your butt on the ground, without being able to see anything. I assure you, saying that it’s a great feeling doesn’t even convey the idea!"
Valentino couldn’t help but wish a happy birthday to Ferrari, with which he was so close to betraying his bike.
“Ferrari will celebrate its 1,000th Grand Prix. An incredible number. It’s a pity that it’s gotten there in such a difficult technical situation. I hope that Leclerc and Vettel will be able to be more competitive at Mugello because it’ll be an unforgettable day for Ferrari fans. I’ll also be cheering for all my friends in Formula 1. It’ll be an incredible month for Italian fans. All the most important races in the F1 and the MotoGP will be in Italy. Three for them and two for us. We’ll be the capital of motorsports,” he concluded.