Valentino Rossi probierte den Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ von Lewis Hamilton aus und Lewis Hamilton kletterte in den Sattel der Monster Energy MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 von Valentino Rossi. Der außergewöhnlich monströse Trackday-Event ging in Valencia auf dem Circuit Ricardo Tormo über die Bühne und die beiden Motorsport-Weltstars hatten ganz offensichtlich eine Menge Spass.
Lewis Hamilton, #44, 6-facher Formel 1 Weltmeister: »It‘s so awesome to see a legend like Valentino in the car. I‘m excited for him for discovering the car for the first time. Reminds me of my first time in a F1 car. When you see all the team around you, it‘s just a different animal. It was so cool to be out on track and see Valentino ahead of me on the same bike.«
Valentino Rossi, #46, 9-facher Motorrad-Weltmeister: »I was already a big fan of Lewis before, but now even more. We had a fantastic day where the two top classes of motorsports not only met but worked together. Trying the W08 was a spectacular opportunity for me. I have tried an F1 car before, but much has changed since then. 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 felt like a real F1 driver for a day. I didn‘t want the day to end!«
»I also rode the YZR-M1 on track with Lewis. It was a proud moment for the team to share our passion with him. Technically, Valencia is a hard track, and it was windy, so at one point I thought it could be difficult for Lewis, but he was brilliant on the bike and his position on the M1 was great. I really enjoyed sharing this experience with him, 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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