OK, maybe Vale is super-human, but I don't see how you can have zero experience in actual F-1 racing and just jump-in and be competitive. I think this is much more of publicity stunt for Ferrari, and my bet is that it will be at Vale's expense.
What poll is that? Anyway, John Surtees has talked to VR and doesn't think he will jump to F1. Hopkins was scheduled to drive a Red Bull F1 car but his broken foot axed that. Looks like F1 with sagging ratings is trying to add some MotoGP luster to the series.
I agree. Most of the F1 young guns have come up the ranks from euro karting as babies, just as VR came up from tiny bikes as a baby and then through the 125 and 250 classes. I don't think the skills transfer well, though the fire in the belly factor is universal. . .
Yes, a lot of the top motorcycle road racers do really well in auto Grand Prix racing because they don't know how a car should handle. They just go for it on instinct. Nothing to judge by.
For an example back in the golden days of Grand Prix racing there was an Auto-Union driver named Berndt Rosemeyer. He first made his mark on motorcycles, and when he made the transition to cars, was able to master evil handling Auto-Unions and win just about everything. To watch him slide a C-Type around the 'ring produces awe.
I'm sure Rossi can kick some arse as well, 'specially in a Ferrari. You-know-who's replacement someday?
Anyone notice that Michael and Ralf are among the highest paid atheletes in the world? Vale doesn't make that scratch. But he wants too. Not that he's hurting but when Italy comes knocking wouldn't you listen?
The fact that you must remember is that being a fan of Ferrari in Italy is like being a member of a cult, except that there are millions of you, and that Valentino Rossi managed to have higher TV ratings than F1 for the *first time ever* this past season. So, if I am Luca di Montezemolo (Fiat boss, ex Ferrari boss, now controls Ferrari through Fiat), I would say: "Hmmm, a car loved by most Italians with a driver loved by most Italians..." Can you say "marketing?" I think Rossi would do OK, but in F1 the car (and the pit stops) is much more important than the driver, in MotoGP, the rider is still a very big chunk of the pie. I think Rossi will go to Ducati one day and make Italians deliriously happy, at least until they realize it really is a nail.