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MotoGP’s Marc Marquez & Dani Pedrosa drive F1 machinery for Toro Rosso

Moto GP riders Marc Marquez & Dani Pedrosa both got to taste F1 machinery for the first time when they took the wheel of an old Red Bull car for a Toro Rosso filming day.

Toro Rosso held a filming day at the Red Bull owned Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria on Tuesday, with an old Red Bull RB8 togged out in the current Toro Rosso-Honda livery. The filming day is on behalf of Honda Racing, and does not fall under the remit of the 2018 rules that governs current cars being used.

Marc Marquez was joined by MotoGP colleague and rival Dani Pedrosa, with Pedrosa arriving on the day that it was announced he would no longer have a seat with Honda in MotoGP for 2019.

Both took turns at the wheel to complete laps of the circuit with former Red Bull driver Mark Webber close at hand to offer advice. Dr. Helmut Marko also kept a watchful eye on the drivers as they adjusted to four wheels.

It’s distinctly unlikely that either man is attempting a serious switch into Formula 1, although stranger things have happened. With Pedrosa’s future now uncertain, along with Brendon Hartley understood to be on shaky ground at Toro Rosso, a high profile switch of disciplines could be organised provided the rider could meet the FIA Superlicence requirements. As it stands, neither Marquez nor Pedrosa would qualify for a required licence as there is no crossover between the two disciplines.


Thomas Maher

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