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Rossi starts test for Ferrari 20 Jan 2010

Valentino Rossi in the Ferrari F2008, Circuit de Catalunya, Spain, 20 January 2010.

MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is back behind the wheel of a Formula One car after beginning a two-day test for Ferrari at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday. Rossi has been given the opportunity to drive by the Italian team as a reward for winning his seventh MotoGP title last season.

After arriving early to speak to the engineers, the Italian took to the Spanish track in a F2008 provided by Ferrari’s F1 Clienti department. Fitted with GP2-spec tyres to comply with this season’s strict testing restrictions, it is the same car Rossi tested back in November 2008.

Despite poor weather conditions, a large crowd has gathered to watch the 30 year-old Italian in action. He will continue to test on Thursday.