Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi complete an unprecedented track day

ALENCIA, SPAIN: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes and Valentino Rossi of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing swapped their respective helmets at the end of the #LH44VR46 test at Ricardo Tormo circuit of Valencia (Photo by Guido De Bortoli/Getty Images for Monster Energy)

In a historic moment for both Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi, and their respective sports, the pair completed an unprecedented track day as each swapped machinery at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Valentino Rossi drove The Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+, a car that won the 2017 FIA Formula One™ World Championship with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport at the hands of Lewis Hamilton.


Meanwhile Lewis rode the 2019 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 bike that only weeks earlier had been piloted by Valentino at the very same circuit.

The event took place on 9th December, and the significance of the occasion was not lost on either Lewis or Valentino who have made no secret of their admiration and respect for each other in recent years.

Acting as mentors for one aother, the pair were able to complete multiple runs on each other’s machinery and share insights and learnings about each other’s craft.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 09: Valentino Rossi of Italy and Yamaha Factory Racing with the Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes with the 2019 Yamaha YZR-M1 posing at the end of the #LH44VR46 test at Ricardo Tormo circuit of Valencia on December 09, 2019 in Valencia, Spain..Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi swapped their respective machinery in an unprecedented test between two motorsport icons..Photo by Guido De Bortoli/Getty Images for Monster Energy)

The six-time Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton: “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.”

Of his time out on track riding the Yamaha YZR-M1 with Rossi he added, “It was so cool to be out on track and see Valentino ahead of me on the same bike.”

For the nine-time MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi: “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.”

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