The 2021 MotoGP season will be Valentino Rossi's 22nd campaign, and while the Italian is focused on the campaign that is to come, it looks as though a future with Ferrari could still be in the cards.
The 42-year-old is one of the most decorated drivers on two wheels, having won seven world titles in the premier class to go along with triumphs in the 125 and 250cc class. His success on track has opened doors outside of just motorcycle racing, having tested Michael Schumacher's Ferrari F1 car in the past.
In fact, former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo revealed years after the test that the man known as 'The Doctor' was even offered a seat at a smaller F1 team. Although Rossi didn't take up that offer, he hasn't completely given up on a career on four wheels. The Italian has taken part in a World Championship Rally race in the past, but at the age of 42, time is ticking.
It looks as though Rossi's attention has been drawn towards Ferrari's announcement that they will take part in Le Mans in 2023. As a result the Italian already has a goal in mind when he does call it quits on his MotoGP career.
"It would be a dream for me to be able to drive for Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Le Mans," Rossi told the Corriere dello Sport. "However, I will first have to see how high my level is. I am fast in an endurance car, but I do not know if I am fast enough. It would therefore be nice to try things out in such a car.
"For now, however, my focus is still on MotoGP. Despite my age, I think I can still win. I want to win Grands Prix and, if I can, still compete for the title, although the main goal is to finish on the podium and win races."