Has a driver ever won F1 and MotoGP?
Formula 1 and MotoGP
In history, it has happened, although rarely, that a pilot has raced in MotoGP and Formula 1. But has anyone been champion of both categories? Here we tell you.
MotoGP and Formula 1 are the two most important motorcycle and car competitions in the world in which the best open wheel and motorcycle racers compete in different grand prize throughout the season. And all the action from both competitions can be enjoyed live in the United States via Fubo TV.
Winner MotoGP Where Formula 1 is undoubtedly a huge feat, and not every driver who has competed (or competes) in these categories has managed to become champions. However, being champions of both sports car categories is already something even more limited. Here we tell you if this has ever happened.
At present, given the enormous degree of professionalism and rigor required to compete in both categories, it is really very difficult to see a rider change his career so radically and decide to leave one of the two competitions to try their luck. the other. In the past, that wasn’t quite the case, and most of the riders who made the switch will come from older racing days.
Drivers who have moved from one category to another
The first of the pilots to compete in both categories was Nello Pagani. He may have been the first champion of MotoGP history, but the points system of this inaugural season counted only the 3 best results obtained by each rider, canceling the points obtained in the other races. In Formula, he only competed twice grand prize in 1950: the GP of Pau and the Swiss GPbefore returning to motorcycles.
Another case was Mike “The Bike” Hailwooda truly MotoGP Legend. The British rider was a four-time motorcycling premier class champion. At 23, he wanted to try his luck in the world’s biggest car competition, even if his time in Formula 1 was not as successful as in MotoGP. His best result in the general classification is an eighth place.
And although he never officially raced in Formula 1it is worth mentioning the case of Italian MotoGP multi champion, Valentino Rossi. In 2006 after Schumacherthe retirement of Rossi, Rossi disputed a session at the controls of the Ferrari, and in an exhibition at Fiorano he made very competent times, for which they were offered a driving contract in two years. The Italian declined the proposal to continue competing (and winning) in MotoGP.
The only one to have achieved the feat
There was a rider who could be proclaimed champion of MotoGP and Formula 1. It was this rider who Mike Hailwood wanted to imitate, but without having the same success. It is none other than John Surtes, who began competing in motorcycling’s premier class in 1952, winning four titles (1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960). In 1963, he signed for Ferrari become champion in 1964.