But with 32 grands prix wins, 97 podiums and two world titles to his name, Rossi believes the Spaniard will naturally prove to be a useful asset to the team's academy prospects.
“Fernando has nearly 20 years of F1 to his name so his experience is invaluable to young, developing drivers," said Rossi. "From mental and physical training advice from how to get the best from the car.
“He is also very passionate about supporting the young driver talent through his own team initiatives and he has taken the time to get to know the current academy drivers. I’m sure he will be an inspiration to the squad.”
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