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Rain hinders Rossi's first public test

Valentino Rossi, todayValentino Rossi's first public test with the Ferrari team is yet to get underway after poor weather at the Valencia circuit has forced the Italian to stay in the pits.

A team spokesman told autosport.com Ferrari are waiting for the conditions to improve before sending Rossi out.

The MotoGP champion is testing alongside other Formula One drivers for the first time today, working alongside Michael Schumacher, who is driving the team's new 248 F1 car.

Rossi will test at the wheel of the old F2004, fitted with a restricted V10 engine.

"The test will allow him to improve his knowledge of the car, so he won't do any development work, as this will be carried out on the new car," a Ferrari spokesman told autosport.com.

McLaren, Williams, Honda and Red Bull are also on track today.

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