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How Valentino Rossi inspired two of F1’s newest stars

When most young drivers make their debut in Formula 1, a typical question asked is: “Who did you look up to?” or “who was your hero in racing?” And normally, you can expect the same kind of answers. Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Hakkinen. The typical run of names come up time and time again. So when two new drivers joined the grid for 2019 both citing their greatest influence as a racer not only outside of the usual group, but outside of F1 altogether, it was worth talking to them more about it. This is how two of F1’s newest stars, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon, were inspired by Valentino Rossi. There is an ongoing generational shift in F1 thanks to an influx of youngsters born...
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