Luca Badoer has bid farewell to F1 after completing his final act as an official test driver for the Ferrari team.
The 39-year-old completed a demonstration run of the F60 during the annual Bologna Motor Show and will now stand down from his position after 13 years. Ferrari has already announced that Jules Bianchi will become its test and reserve driver for 2011.
Badoer started 50 races during his career, two of which were for Ferrari last year when he was briefly called upon to replace the injured Felipe Massa and the Italian admitted his only regret was the fact that those two races were the only time he raced in the famous red of the Scuderia
“The team had confidence in me at that time and that is something I will always be grateful for,” he said. “Unfortunately, at the time, I had not been driving for ten months and found myself at the wheel of a car that was difficult to adapt to and so I could not show what I could do.”
While that was a regret however, Badoer insisted that he had been happy to spend most of his career away from the limelight in his testing role.
“The thing I will miss most is driving the Formula 1 car,” he said. “I have never been one for the bright lights, as the one and only thing I wanted centred on my job of taking a car to its limits, working out where there was room for improvement. Although this is something I have missed for quite a while now, as testing has been cut back and there is not much for a test driver to do.”