Six time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and nine time Moto GP champion Valentino Rossi had a day to remember at the Valencia circuit In Spain. Monster Energy who sponsor Hamilton’s Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team and Rossi’s Yamaha team brought the pair together for a ride swap.
Speaking after riding the 2019 Yamaha MotoGP YZR M1 Lewis Hamilton said:
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.
Rossi who is no stranger to Formula One having tested for Ferrari while pondering a move to Formula One said:
I was a big fan of Lewis’ before but now I am even more. We had a fantastic day where the two top classes of motorsports not only met but worked together. 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 today was windy so at one point I thought it would be difficult for Lewis to continue, but he was brilliant on the bike and his position on the M1 was great. I think he had loads of fun which is the main thing.