It happened today – 21 april

It happened today

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On 21st April 2004 at Fiorano, a special guest completed a few laps at the wheel of a Ferrari Formula 1 car. It was Valentino Rossi no less, by then already a four time MotoGP world champion.

The best rider at the time had this to say after putting in some quick laps at the wheel. “This was a very exciting day for me. Driving a Formula 1 car was an amazing experience and it was great to step into Schumacher’s shoes for a day. I want to thank Ferrari for having given me this opportunity.”

Valentino would go on drive the Formula 1 car a few more times and there was even talk of a career move, to following the likes of John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Johnny Cecotto. In the end, he decided to stay in MotoGP.

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