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Biaggi delighted with MF1 test 18 Jan 2006

Max Biaggi tests for MF1 Racing. Silverstone, January 18, 2006. © MF1 Racing

MotoGP star Max Biaggi got behind the wheel of a Formula One car at Silverstone on Wednesday. The flamboyant Italian, known in bike circles as ‘The Roman Emperor’, was invited to test at the British Grand Prix circuit by MF1 Racing.

"It was an amazing experience," he declared, after completing nine trouble-free laps in unpleasantly wet conditions. "The weather made it quite difficult and I had one moment on opposite lock when I put down the power too early, but the overall grip and power of the car was very impressive."

Biaggi’s test was split into three segments: an installation lap, followed by runs of three laps and five laps. Between the second and third runs he was given a new set of Bridgestone wet-weather tyres.

"The car is a big toy," he added. "It's like a big go kart. I didn't get anywhere near its limit today, but I went fast enough to appreciate what level of performance can be reached."

Biaggi, 34, wouldn't make any comparisons between MotoGP and Formula One. "I love both," he said. "You can't compare them because on a bike I am free, it's like I am dancing on it to make it go fast. In an F1 car you are strapped in very tight, which is a weird sensation for me."

Biaggi, who previously tested a Formula One Ferrari back in 1999, has no further tests planned with MF1 Racing, but he made his intentions clear to the team. "I would love another test, preferably when it's dry!" he concluded.