Former MotoGP ace Max Biaggi will bid to beat old rival Valentino Rossi to Formula One when he tests for Midland today at Silverstone.
Biaggi was left without a drive after being dumped by Honda at the end of a disappointing 2005 season.
He discussed a move to World Superbikes with Kawasaki but now has the chance of a Formula One switch after securing a one-off test with Midland, powered by Honda’s bitter rivals Toyota.
Biaggi, 34, will take over from race driver Christijan Albers this afternoon and he cannot wait for the chance.
“I am really excited about driving the Midland Formula One car,” he said Biaggi.
“I must thank everyone in the team for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to comparing the thrills of MotoGP and Formula One.”
World champion Rossi has already tested several times for Ferrari but looks increasingly unlikely to join them for 2007. Biaggi has an outside chance of being in Formula One this year.
Midland have an opening as test driver after Nicky Pastorelli lost his sponsor while race driver Tiago Monteiro’s seat has yet to be officially confirmed.