Toto Wolff, the executive director of the Mercedes team, plans to put MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi and WRC star Sebastien Ogier behind the wheel of his all-conquering F1 cars next year.
Mercedes has already tested with former MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, who drove for a filming day with the squad at Silverstone in October.
After the test, Lorenzo reported that braking distances and grip levels in high-speed corners were “insane” and a “different world” to MotoGP.
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Plans for new superstar test outings
But now Wolff says he wants to see fellow racing/rallying heroes Rossi and Ogier also try the three-time World Championship-winning breed of Mercedes F1 hybrid turbos.
“Formula 1 also is about entertainment,” Wolff told Gazzetta dello Sport. “And I would love to test the ability of Valentino Rossi and Sebastien Ogier behind the wheel of our machines.
“Yes, my idea is to organise a day with them.”
Rossi has previous F1 experience
Rossi has previously tested many F1 cars for Ferrari, including full-on two-day tests at Valencia in 2006 and Mugello in 2008, when he completed over 100 laps each time.
“If he [Wolff] wants to call me, he has my number,” Rossi told Sky Italia recently when asked if he’d be willing to test a Mercedes F1 car.
“How could I say no? I was lucky enough to test the Ferrari, I am very good friends with many guys in Maranello but [testing a Mercedes] would perhaps even be half a betrayal – but how could you not try the Mercedes if asked?”
Four-time WRC champion Ogier, meanwhile, has never tested an F1 car but has raced in GTs, Porsche Supercup, VW Sciroccos and French F4.