Valentino Rossi has begun his Formula 1 test return this morning as he commenced two days of running in a 2008 Ferrari at Catalunya.
The MotoGP champion has been given the test opportunity as a mark of Ferrari's respect for his latest title success in motorcycle racing - although both parties have emphasised that Rossi is driving the F1 car for his own entertainment and that there is no prospect of his once-mooted F1 switch being revived.
To comply with the current F1 testing restrictions, Rossi is using a two-year-old car fitted with GP2 specification tyres.
The car, run by Ferrari's Clienti department, is the same one that Rossi tested at Mugello in winter 2008 as a reward for his MotoGP championship victory that year.
The Italian prepared for today's outing with a session in the new F1 simulator and meetings with the team's mechanics at Ferrari's Maranello base last week.