KEY POINTS

  • Hamilton and Rossi swapped seats as a part of a promotional event
  • The event took place in Valencia, Spain
  • Hamitlon recently clinched his sixth world F1 title

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton and MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi tested each other's machinery in Valencia earlier this week. 

Since the season has ended in F1 and MotoGP, the two decided to celebrate by taking part in a promotional event organized by mutual sponsor Monster at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Spain.

Ahead of the final F1 race of the year in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton spoke about the possible swap with Rossi. "I’m going to be out with Valentino next week, which I’m a little bit nervous about. That bike is going to be so fast! That’s going to be awesome," six-time champion Hamilton, who ended 2019 with a win, added.

The Brit and Rossi flew down to Valencia for the event, which lasted for a whole day, behind the doors. The video and pictures were released after a few days.

Rossi, who drove Hamilton’s World Championship winning W08, was not new to driving a Formula One car. He has taken part in various tests with Ferrari at Fiorano over the years. However, it was Hamilton's first time when he climbed over Rossi’s 2019 Moto GP Yamaha YZR-M1.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates his sixth world title Lewis Hamilton celebrates his sixth world title Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Dan Istitene

"I was already a big fan of Lewis before, but now even more. We had a fantastic day, where the two top classes of motorsports not only met but worked together," an excited Rossi told in an interview after his memorable drive. 

"Trying the W08 was a spectacular opportunity for me. I have tried an F1 car before, but much has changed since then. Sincerely, I was impressed with the car and its handling, as well as with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team, who were great to work with. They were very welcoming and made it easy for me to get familiar with the car," Rossi added.

Several reports emerged on Wednesday that Hamilton had crashed Rossi's Yamaha while testing it during the event. However, no information in regard to that is out yet.