MotoGP ace Valentino Rossi concluded his Ferrari test at the Circuit de Catalunya absolutely ecstatic after setting some impressive lap times at the wheel of a 2008 Ferrari.
Rossi’s test came about as a reward from Ferrari for achieving his ninth motorcycle world championship – his seventh at the top class category – and with over 600km run in the two-day test session, the Italian lowered his Day 1 best of 1:25.200 to 1:21.900 on Day 2. This improvement of over 3.2 seconds in a day was one thing, but equally more impressive was that it was just 0.087s off Kimi Raikkonen’s pole lap time in the same car.
However, Rossi’s time was set on slick tyres – as opposed to the grooved tyres used by Kimi. That being said, he was only 1.5s slower than Jenson Button’s 2009 pole lap time.