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http://www.crash.net/picture_view_single%7Ecid%7E6%7Epid%7E271632.htmhttp://www.crash.net/picture_view_single%7Ecid%7E6%7Epid%7E313846.htmhttp://www.crash.net/picture_view_single%7Ecid%7E6%7Epid%7E299755.htmRizla Suzuki MotoGP racer John Hopkins and Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One driver Tonio Liuzzi will swap 'day jobs' next week - when Hopkins will drive Luizzi's F1 car, while the American steps onto Hopper's GSV-R.

The once-in-a-lifetime 'seat swap' will take place on Tuesday 31st October, at Valencia in Spain, just two days after this weekend's MotoGP season finale at the same circuit. The crossover event had originally been planned for August 11, 2005, but was cancelled after Hopkins broke his foot in last year's German Grand Prix.

But, barring such misfortune in this weekend's grand prix, Hopkins will now get the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of the V10 powered Toro Rosso F1 car, sporting a Rizla-blue fire suit and an Arai car helmet painted in his Red Bull colours.

"I'm really excited about this," said the Anglo-American, "it's the first time I've been given the chance to drive a F1 car properly and the team are telling me to give it a bit of throttle - which makes me excited but a bit nervous too! I think it will be a really interesting day, with Liuzzi on the bike and me in the car, and our respective crews having to work with different guys using their machines. It's going to be an experience of a lifetime and I'm really grateful to Red Bull and Rizla Suzuki for making it happen. I'm really pumped up for it and can't wait for it to happen!"


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I don't think it's all that big of a deal for hopkins to jump on the f1 car...sure, those things are beasts, but driving the fastest cars in the world (short of drag racers) has to be easier than driving the fastest bikes in the world. I'm not sure about liuzzi.

juan pablo montoya and jeff gordon swapped cars three or so years ago...the f1 car could go around the indy track 30 seconds faster than gordon's NASCAR machine. it was fun to watch, though.
 

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I don't think it's all that big of a deal for hopkins to jump on the f1 car...sure, those things are beasts, but driving the fastest cars in the world (short of drag racers) has to be easier than driving the fastest bikes in the world. I'm not sure about liuzzi.
That is true. If you notice, there have been several motorcycle racers who have successfully transitioned to auto racing in the past. However, the opposite just doesn't seem to happen.

Rossi could hold his own when he tested the Ferrari F1. He was just a couple seconds off Schumacher's pace I believe. However, when Schumacher tested the Ducati, he was about 20 seconds off pace.
 

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Thats because driving a car is static compared to riding a bike. In a car your weight doesnt really matter. Yes its important to over all weight and Im sure that F1 is moving the seat around for the right weight distribution. But on a bike you move and are a more intregal point of the bike and its handling characteristics.
 

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who cares, its still sweet.
 
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