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Who should race for Ferrari at Monza?

With Luca Badoer under pressure to retain his drive in the #3 Ferrari in the Italian Grand Prix in just under a fortnight's time, the Prancing Horse has for the first time admitted that it is assessing its options as to who should fill in for the injured Felipe Massa at Monza – but who do you think deserves to get the nod?

Badoer has consistently underwhelmed since returning to Formula 1 in place of the recovering Massa following a nigh-on ten-year absence, and though he has claimed that the seat is his until the Brazilian is well enough to return, paddock whispers suggest otherwise.

If both qualifying and finishing last in the European Grand Prix in Valencia was perhaps understandable – given that the 38-year-old former International F3000 (now GP2 Series) champion had never so much as set eyes upon the circuit before nor driven the Scuderia's F60 due to the sport's new in-season testing ban – then rather more was expected in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

However, after crashing in qualifying Badoer again started plum last, and could fare no better on race day, as his rustiness proved telling indeed. Though the Italian has pleaded for another chance to prove his worth in front of Ferrari's adoring tifosi at Monza – a track he contends he 'could drive with his eyes closed' [see separate story – click here] – the general feeling is that he is already on borrowed time.

Ahead of the Belgian round of the 2009 F1 World Championship campaign, Ferrari published a tongue-in-cheek list of drivers who could potentially vie for Badoer's seat, based on all the rumours. The list included double world champion Fernando Alonso, rising young stars Jules Bianchi and Mirko Bortolotti, out-of-work Super Aguri refugee Anthony Davidson and Force India's Spa hero Giancarlo Fisichella, who some are tipping as favourite to fill the void in the interim period, even if the Roman himself is denying any contact.

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August 31, 2009 8:25 PM

andrew, where do you get your info from? this move has been denied by ferrari AND force india. after his good showing on sunday, FI would be totally mad to release fisi. the only way it could happen would be for ferrari to write a very large cheque to keep FI afloat. this is highly unlikely as there are many young guns who would leap at the chance, and anyway, it is only for a race or two probably. fisi is worth more to FI in terms of points/rewards. further ferrari have given up on both titles, so why waste money??

JJ - Unregistered

August 31, 2009 5:59 PM

Actually I think Alex Wurz is officially Brawn's reserve driver, he had a contract with Honda and Brawn had to take that over as well. However, neither Davidson nor Wurz have had or will have any seat time in the Brawn. I chose for Ant too though. A rookie like borto or Bianchi would be interesting, but I think Ferrari don't even have a simulator (otherwise I Badoer could be a little better I should think) so that would be the definition of throwing them at the lions. Of the experienced drivers without contract on the list Davidson is probably the fastest. I'd rather see Taku in there because I think he's a little quicker still. Piquet and Bourdais don't deserve to be on that list at all.

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