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F1: Valentino Rossi could race the Ferrari in Monza



From GMM

It's Felipe Massa's seat, Michael Schumacher was Ferrari's first choice to replace the injured Brazilian, Luca Badoer got the initial nod, and now Giancarlo Fisichella will complete 2009 in car number 3.

But Valentino Rossi, perpetually at the centre of 'will he, won't he' speculation in F1 circles, claims he could have been the occupant of the F60 racer.

The flamboyant multiple MotoGP champion, who won Sunday's San Marino GP, told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport that he "talked with Ferrari" about appearing for the famous team at Monza.

"But to enter formula one without testing is more risky than fun," he concluded. "Without testing it would not have been logical.

"You can't go there and do everything to understand the car in three days."

Rossi, 30, said he also had doubts about how he would have coped physically with MotoGP's four-wheeled equivalent.

"I don't know if I could have finished the race with my neck," he admitted.

Rossi is 30 points ahead of his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo with four races to go.