It’s taken more than a week, but it can finally be confirmed that Valentino Rossi beat Lewis Hamilton in a vehicle swap “race” at Valencia circuit.
The victory is no surprise to us as we predicted he would beat Hamilton last week and went to great lengths to explain why. Click here for details.
Check out the videos of their respective laps:
But now we can confirm that Rossi was only 1.5 seconds off Hamilton’s benchmark lap in his 2017-spec Mercedes W08.
Meanwhile, Hamilton, riding Rossi’s Yamaha M1, was 13 seconds slower than Fabio Quartararo’s pole-winning lap last month of 1m29.978s.
Although we don’t know Rossi’s exact lap time, we can make an educated guess.
The videos doesn’t give exact lap times, although Rossi’s video lasts 1:23 and Hamilton’s is 1:51.
F1 doesn’t race at the circuit, but the unofficial F1 record is held by Anthony Davidson, set in 2006 in a Honda RA106, with a time of 1:08.54.
Surely a 2017 F1 car is quicker.
We can also confirm that Hamilton had a small crash, but was still able to ride the bike. You can also check out GrandPrixTimes for the latest race car blog and news. They also feature reviews and buying guides on the top quality car accessories and parts
Rossi on four wheels?
While Rossi’s time was good, 1.5 seconds in F1 doesn’t make him competitive. But it would put him in the field if he ever chose to make the move.