The expectations are high – from himself, but also from his team boss Vincent Vosse. After the tests, he says: “Valentino has a natural sense of the grip level on the track. I was impressed, but we know he’s a natural.” Rossi himself takes a similar view: “Of course we still have room for improvement. But the feeling is good.”
Many motorcycle stars have shown Rossi how to do it and have switched to cars. Most successful: John Surtees, who was world champion on the bike and in the Formula 1 racing car.