Check out his time on the F1 Ferrari: Times 01 F. Alonso Renault 1:11.219 52 laps 02 J. Button Honda 1:11.327 89 laps 03 M. Schumacher Ferrari 1:11.831 72 laps 04 JP. Montoya McLaren 1:11.998 68 laps 05 R. Barrichello Honda 1:12.062 112 laps 06 H. Kovalainen Renault 1:12.113 29 laps 07 J. Villeneuve BMW 1:12.619 78 laps 08 R. Zonta Toyota 1:12.660 88 laps 09 V. Rossi Ferrari 1:12.856 52 laps <---------------------- 10 D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:12.930 36 laps 11 A. Wurz Williams 1:12.925 82 laps 12 G. Paffett McLaren 1:12.937 116 laps 13 M. Webber Williams 1:13.050 67 laps 14 J. Trulli Toyota 1:13.076 105 laps 15 R. Kubica BMW 1:13.332 65 laps SCHU: ROSSI CAN MAKE IT IN F1 Last Updated: Thursday, 02, February, 2006, 12:19 Michael Schumacher has given Valentino Rossi the thumbs up after the Italian's impressive performance in testing at Valencia on Wednesday. The multiple bike champion proved he could run with the Formula 1 pack, by setting the ninth fastest lap of the day, just over a second slower than Schumacher himself. And while Rossi clearly still has time to find, Schu said that the Yamaha star had proved he could cut it in F1. "He has enough talent to succeed," Schumacher told French newspaper L'Equipe. "It's entirely possible for him. I'd even say it's easier to go from motorbikes to cars than the reverse. "And when like Valentino you have this special feeling on two wheels you can easily use that with four." Although Rossi has tested for Ferrari several times in the past, his presence at Valencia this week marks the first time he has run in competition. His three-day run began inauspiciously after he was pit-bound for much of the first day because of rain and then spun when he finally got out on track. But Schumacher dismissed the error out of hand however. "When a driver sets off with wet tyres they cool down straight away and it's easy to skid," he said. "For him it would have been like driving on ice." Schumacher admitted that Rossi's appearance at Valencia had provided the press with a welcome diversion, which had allowed him to concentrate on developing the new 248 F1. "It's a strange experience to see all the attention focused on him," he added. "It's a welcome novelty. It's better as it's easier for me to get on with my job." Valentino Rossi impressed in his first full Formula One test on Wednesday at Valencia. The MotoGP World Champion, who had only tested behind closed doors for Ferrari prior to this week's Spanish outing, put Tuesday's spin behind him with a solid display. Rossi span on his first lap at a wet Valencia on Day One but improved on Wednesday to complete 52 laps. And despite spinning twice he still managed a time just over a second slower than lead Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher. "It was a very good performance, we cannot deny it," said a Ferrari spokesman. "People who said that yesterday (Tuesday) was a flop, today changed their mind." Meanwhile, World Champion Fernando Alonso set the fastest time of the day for Renault - a 1:11.219 - which put him 0.108 seconds ahead of Honda driver Jenson Button. Schumacher was third fastest, a further 0,504s adrift. His programme for the day focussed mainly on the development of the 248 F1. Juan Pablo Montoya was next in line, finishing 0.167s behind Schumacher. The McLaren driver's work focused on achieving long runs with the MP4-21, but because of the number of team's on track this was subject to two red flag interruptions caused by other drivers. Rubens Barrichello, Heikki Kovalainen, Jacques Villeneuve and Ricardo Zonta completed the top eight.