Fabio Quartararo says he is “working” to test a Formula 1 race car at the “end of the year”, the Yamaha man giving attended this weekend’s French Grand Prix.
The reigning MotoGP world champion signed his interest in testing an F1 prototype while attending the French GP at Paul Ricard this weekend, Quartararo spending time with the factory Mercedes squad and going on to state to streaming service DAZN that he was “working” to secure a test of an F1 car, admitting he is “hoping to get into a car one day.”
The likely destination for a potential test would be with the Mercedes organization he spent the day with due to Yamaha title sponsor Monster Energy also involved with the German marque’s F1 outfit, while Mercedes electronics trackside engineer Jonathan Wilcox tweeted that he reckoned Quartararo “wanted to hang out with us lot in the garage for a lot longer.”
Speaking to DAZN on the French GP starting grid, Quartararo said he will “cross my fingers” that an F1 test will be on the horizon before too long.
“We are working to be able to get on a Formula 1 at the end of the year, so we cross our fingers,” explained Quartararo.
“Formula 1 is very different from MotoGP, but I like it a lot.
“I hope to be able to get into a car one day.”
Quartararo wouldn’t be the first MotoGP rider to sample swapping two wheels for four, with seven-time premier class champion Valentino Rossi testing Mercedes’ F1 machine back in 2019 in a swap with seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who tried the Italian factory Yamaha machine at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.
RNF Racing Yamaha Andrea Dovizioso meanwhile raced in the DTM at Misano in the same year with Audi, owners of the Ducati operation he competed for back then – the three-time MotoGP vice-champion taking a best result of 12th in the opening race of the weekend.
Ex-MotoGP legends Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa are also currently giving car racing a try, the former taking part in the Porsche Carrera Cup Italy this year while the latter is sampling the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe series with top GT3 outfit FFF Racing in selected events in 2022.
Quartararo is currently well en-route to scoring a second-straight MotoGP riders title, the 11-time race winner having taken the checkered flag on three occasions so far this year as he leads the points table by 21 markers over Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro with nine races remaining.