Moto GP's Marc Marquez just did some test laps in an F1 car

He was coached by a certain Mark Webber
by Vijay Pattni | Jun 7, 2018


Simple question: how much do you want to see Marc Marquez in a Formula 1 car, racing against the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, and Daniel Ricciardo?

Yeah, simple answer. VERY MUCH. The four-time MotoGP champion jumped into a Toro Rosso Formula 1 car recently to test his skills at the Red Bull Ring, which is only lightly terrifying on the scale of Really Terrifying Racetracks.

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Turns out even he was nervous before the test. “I had great respect for it ahead of today,” the affable Spaniard said, “and I didn’t sleep well.”

He may not have slept well, but he did have a blast. “The limited visibility was a great challenge,” he said after his few hours in the car. “You feel a lot more constricted in the cockpit. The braking distances and timing in turns is completely different. A Formula 1 car has much more downforce, of course, which made for a lot of fun in the part of the circuit with the most turns, in particular.”

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There’s no note on just how fast Marquez lapped the RBR in, but his coach—a certain Mark Webber—had this to say: “As soon as he got into the cockpit he was 100% focused and delivered a top performance on the race track.

“He always asked the right questions and improved lap by lap,” Webber added.

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Red Bull Motorsport boss Helmut Marko reckons Marquez has got, as they say, ‘the minerals’, too. “In the coming years he is going to break a lot more records in MotoGP. Maybe after that, Formula 1 will actually be a possibility.

“Up to now only a few exceptional talents, such as John Surtees, have managed to compete in both racing series. Marc has what it takes. Today definitely wasn’t the last time he will sit in a Formula 1 car.”

Yowser, that’s a glowing recommendation from a man who can actually make it happen.

Valentino Rossi was once rumored to be considering F1 after his test in a Ferrari. Jorge Lorenzo once tested a Merc, too. What about Marquez? What does a man who sits sixth on the list of all-time motorcycle GP race wins (from 125cc up to MotoGP) think about moving into Formula 1?

“Who knows. Maybe Formula 1 will be a serious idea for me in a few years’ time!”

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Watch this space. We’re excited.



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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made. 

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