F1 » Ferrari extends Gene test contract


Marc Gene will continue as one of Ferrari's test and development drivers in 2013, extending an arrangement that first began in 2005.

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Wade - Unregistered

January 11, 2013 11:26 AM

"My goal is clear, I want to help Ferrari and Fernando Alonso to have a car capable of winning the title."

Oops. I wonder if it was an accident that he didn't mention Felipe?

Arrows - Unregistered

January 11, 2013 1:13 PM

Whats the point, is Gene's contribution really going to make much of a difference? Lets face it, with all the testing limitations I doubt he will even get to sit in the car at all this year, what little testing time there is will be given to Alonso and Massa.

over2u

January 11, 2013 11:25 PM

@Richard totally agree, test driver need to have the ability to match the race drivers on both Q&Race pace for accurate data to be extracted from the car, Gene is most likely half a seconds of either driver both in Q and R trim. I think his appointment perhaps tells us something about Ferrari management.

Zedd

January 13, 2013 4:08 PM

The skill set of a test driver isn't the same as that of a race driver so the idea that Gene can't make a difference or shouldn't be kept on simply because he can't get in the actual car, or because he isn't as fast in the actual car as Alonso or Massa, is a bit misguided. Besides, it's not as if he only test drives for Ferrari anyway, so keeping him on might be to do with any one of his roles aside from test driving.

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