F1 » Ferrari admit Badoer likely to stay for Spa

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August 24, 2009 10:06 AM

I feel sorry for Badoer, but its like retaining a virus for Spa!
I commend Ferrari for their loyalty to one of their own but this is ridiculous. Put Piquet jr in, Yea hes not great but at least he will get within 0.5 seconds of Raikkonen.

hamsterace - Unregistered

August 24, 2009 10:18 AM

Er....Bruno Senna anyone?

-Out of contract.

-Super Quick.

-Great marketing potential (Senna name etc.)

-Has competed in Ferraris before (albeit only 430 Challenge).

Makes sense when you think about it, doesn't it?

James - Unregistered

August 24, 2009 10:29 AM

Everyone should stop slagging Badoer off, considering the circumstances, he has done an ok job. Given he had next to no experience with the car, hadn't raced anything let alone F1 in 10 years and had no experience of Valencia. Yes he was off the pace, but he kept it out of the wall, drove sensibly and consistantly improved his lap times throughout the weekend. Now he has had enough car time and is going to a track which he knows, he should perform a lot better at Spa. If he struggles as badly there as he did in Valencia, then fair enough, feel free to critisize. But give him a proper chance first! Personally, I hope he flies in Spa :)

Alan D - Unregistered

August 24, 2009 10:38 AM

It does make some sort of sense to keep Badoer in the car. LB can treat it like a test drive and give feedback on design. With the ban on testing, that's very valuable to Ferrari. MS would have been great publicity for Ferrari, wherever he finished. But as Ferrari already have three drivers lined up for next season, anyone else they put in the car, like Piquet or Bruno, will not be driving for them in the near future and will not benefit Ferrari. It will just be a showcase for the drivers so other teams can evaluate them in an F1 car without those teams using up any of their own precious testing miles.

not suprised - Unregistered

August 24, 2009 10:40 AM

badoer didn't even talk a good race,all he said was it was a test.all i can say is if you call and treat an f1 race as a test you shouldn't be in the car.

ferrari please give the car to someone who wants to race.

Alan D - Unregistered

August 24, 2009 10:44 AM

Likewise re the comment about Bruno Senna and the name and marketing potential, Ferrari wouldn't be able to get any sponsorship for him this year. All they would be doing is building up his marketability for the benefit of someone else. If he proved a massive hit and then went to, say, Renault, then you could find a sponsor follows him. Because of the situation Ferrari have go themselves in with three big names lined up already and even MS in the wings, they cannot benefit from young drivers at the moment, but they can lose out.

Alan D - Unregistered

August 24, 2009 10:50 AM

Don't get me wrong, I want to see people out there racing too, and F1 races shouldn't be used as testing sessions for teams or as training grounds for inexperienced drivers. It annoyed me intensely last year when Honda just gave up on the season and decided to put all their efforts into this year's car, but we've seen how much of a head start that gave Brawn this year.

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