These shots and footage have been kept firmly locked down since the test between the two Uber champions at Valencia on December 9, but now they’re here in all their glory. Fabulous.

Rossi drove the Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ car, the vehicle that took Hamilton to the 2017 Formula 1 title whilst Lewis rode the pukka 2019 Yamaha YZR-M1 bike.

Hamilton said: “It’s so great to see a legend like Valentino in the car. I am very happy that he’s out here and able to drive the car for the first time. It reminds me of my first time in an F1 car.

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“t was so cool to be on the track and see Valentino on the same bike in front of me.”

Rossi added: “Before, I was a big fan of Lewis, but now I’m even more. We had a fantastic day when the two top classes of motorsport not only met, but worked together. I felt like a real F1 driver for a day. I did not want the day to end.

“I also drove the YZR-M1 on the track with Lewis. It was a proud moment for the team to share our passion with him. Technically, Valencia is a tough track and today it was windy. At some point I thought it would be difficult for Lewis to keep going, but he was brilliant on the bike and his handling of the M1 was great. I think he had a lot of fun, which is the main thing. ”

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Video is below, mega run of great photos are below that:

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