May 10 (GMM) Formula one and motorcycle racing legend John Surtees has played down the prospect that Valentino Rossi might launch another campaign to switch to the four-wheeled variety of grand prix racing.
73-year-old Surtees, the only world champion in both premier forms of motor racing, told the Spanish newspaper Marca that he cannot imagine Rossi, the Italian multiple title winner of MotoGP, making another serious bid to switch to formula one."I would have liked to have seen it happen," Briton Surtees, who won the F1 title with Ferrari in 1964, said."He thought about it for real but in the end he didn't want to," he added, referring to 29-year-old Rossi, who tested for Ferrari several times a few years ago.Surtees explained: "Now, after he wins another championship, I think he will go to rallying."He had his big chance to go to F1 with Ferrari but he decided to stay in motorcycles."