Valentino Rossi receives special tributes from Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris.
F1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris have paid a special tribute to Valentino Rossi as the MotoGP legend prepares for his final race.
The 42-year-old will retire from the sport following his final race for the motorcycle world championship on Sunday in Valencia after a brilliant 25-year career.
Rossi, who won nine motorcycle world championships, seven in the top 500cc level, has inspired an entire generation of fans, but also other motorsport professionals.
Speaking in Brazil ahead of his own F1 race today, Norris praised Rossi and detailed how he first inspired him to take part in racing.
“Oddly he texted me last night, just because he’s going to … the last race of his career,” Norris said.
I mean, it’s sad times, I’m still going to try to watch as many MotoGP races as I can, and he was the guy I saw when he was what, four, five, six years old?
He got me into racing and first, he got me on a motorcycle, so yeah, he’s been the guy that I look up to, the guy that I guess has helped me get to this position that I’m in because probably without looking at him. My ambition to be a racing driver wouldn’t have been that high, so yeah, I’m going to miss her.
I’m lucky to meet him once, go to a race at Silverstone. I’m going to miss him in MotoGP.
I don’t think it’s just me, I think there are millions of fans who are going to miss him, in F1, in the paddock, and his character because that’s one of the best things about him, the guy that he is, the character. which is, among the people, among the fans, he has time for everyone.
“He’s a special guy and I think we will definitely miss him.”