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Valentino Rossi urges Mercedes to signal Antonelli

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is urging Mercedes’ Formula 1 team to sign up fellow Italian Andrea ’Kimi’ Antonelli. A protege of team boss Toto Wolff, 17-year-old Antonelli is clearly the favourite to replace Lewis Hamilton next year – but Wolff is nonetheless keeping the door open for now for Max Verstappen. “My job is to

Valentino Rossi urges Mercedes to signal Antonelli

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MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is urging Mercedes’ Components 1 staff to enroll fellow Italian Andrea ’Kimi’ Antonelli.

A protege of staff boss Toto Wolff, 17-year-old Antonelli is clearly the favorite to switch Lewis Hamilton subsequent 12 months – however Wolff is nonetheless maintaining the door open for now for Max Verstappen.

“My job is to assist make sure that this staff is quick and that it really works,” Wolff instructed Kronen Zeitung newspaper.

“In fact, that additionally contains which driver is within the automotive.”

Rossi, who has retired from MotoGP however nonetheless owns the VR46 staff in addition to racing on this planet endurance championship, urged Wolff to signal the cope with Antonelli.

“Our nation is powerful in lots of sports activities,” he instructed La Gazzetta dello Sport, “however at this time we’re lacking F1.

“It’s been years since we had a profitable Italian driver and I believe Kimi will be capable of fill this hole,” Rossi, 45, added.

“I’ve been following Kimi since he was little,” he revealed. “Throughout covid we began enjoying collectively on racing simulators and now he comes to coach with me and the opposite drivers of the (Rossi) academy in karts.”

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