Why Red Bull thinks Marc Marquez could make it in F1

Why Red Bull thinks Marc Marquez could make it in F1

Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez is peerless on two wheels - but what, asks BEN ANDERSON, would he make of a test drive in a Formula 1 car?

Marc Marquez is doing his best to look relaxed, but behind the cool façade there must be butterflies in his stomach. And well he might be nervous - Marquez is a four-time MotoGP champion, but he's never properly driven a racing car on a circuit before, and his first proper experience of it will be in Formula 1 machinery.

In technical terms, F1 and motorcycle racing sit at opposite ends of the spectrum, yet it's not uncommon for specialists of the respective disciplines to swap shirts - if only fleetingly. MotoGP megastar Valentino Rossi tested for Ferrari in the mid-2000s, while triple champ Jorge Lorenzo tested a 2014 Mercedes at Silverstone just two years ago. But this is still a bit unusual - even for Marquez, a man whose brain must surely operate on a different plane, given his supremacy in one of the most exciting and dangerous forms of motorsport.

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