According to Gazetta Dello Sport, Valentino Rossi will move to the World Endurance Championship from 2022, with a Ferrari Hypercar drive not out of the question.
Amid questions of his future, with it looking likely the 9-time champion will retire at the end of this season, the Italian language magazine has said a deal may already be done for Rossi to drive in WEC next season.
Rossi has no lack of experience in GT cars, having competed in the GT World Challenge class in 2012 when it was known as Blancpain. He’s also a class winner in the Gulf 12 Hour, including coming third overall with his half-brother and fellow MotoGP rider Luca Marini.
Rossi has also had a number of high-profile outings with Scuderia Ferrari before, even being in the running to replace Michael Schumacher in 2007, after numerous tests. He was also in the frame to race in 2009 after Felipe Massa’s crash.
The potential move may see him become a contender for Ferrari’s Hypercar program in 2023, continuing a long association with the prancing horse.
Speaking today of the rumor, Rossi neither confirmed nor denied it, instead saying he would like to race in cars after his MotoGP career is over.
“Like I always said, when I finish in MotoGP I want to race with the cars,” he said.
“I have experience with the GT3, and it’s an important and an interesting category because there are a lot of different factory cars. It’s important to Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley, Aston Martin, everyone.”
“I think I will race with that type of car when I stop with MotoGP. But I don’t know in which championship, sincerely. There are a lot of different ones; the endurance championship, the 24 hour races, a lot of races. But I hope to race there.”
MotoGP action continues at the Sachsenring tomorrow, for qualifying day.