Once a sportsman, always a sportsman! That saying is true in a sense that most of the motorsport stars have tried their hands on other forms of racing. Valentino Rossi, multiple MotoGP champion tried his hands on a Formula 1 car. So did Jorge Lorenzo (his ex-team mate). And now it’s the six-time world champion Marc Marquez, who has swapped two wheels for four and tested a Formula 1 car.
The Repsol Honda Team MotoGP rider got behind the wheel of a Toro Rosso-branded F1 racecar at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria for a private test. Ex-F1 race winner Mark Webber, Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko and Mercedes non-executive chairman and three-time F1 world champion Niki Lauda were on-site to keep an eye on the Spaniard's progress.Marc Marquez with his BMW M4 CS. (Image: BMW)
Before his maiden F1 test, Marquez headed to Red Bull’s Milton Keynes HQ for a seat fit before getting some time in the four-time world champion team’s simulator. In 1964, John Surtees famously became the only man in history to win premier class world titles on two and four wheels when he clinched the F1 crown in Mexico.
Fellow bike ace Mike Hailwood made a splash in the Seventies before multiple MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi enjoyed a string of tests for Ferrari between 2004 and 2010. Jorge Lorenzo, meanwhile, tested Mercedes’ 2014 title-winning car at Silverstone in 2016.
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On the other hand, seven times Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher also tried to race in a MotoGP championship.