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Badoer bids farewell to Ferrari

Luca Badoer completes his final act as a Ferrari test driver during the Bologna Motor Show
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.”



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JJ9871011

December 09, 2010 3:21 PM

I think he did a great job stepping in for Massa. Sure he didn't put up times expect, but when having not driven a car in anger for about 2 years what did people really expect. I think Badoer had an awesome gig as well. How many people can say "I'm Ferrari's F1 test driver"? I'm sure he made some $$ along the way and had a great time doing, without the pressure of putting points on the board. I'd like to see him go off and do some racing for fun now. Perhaps DTM like DC, or even Le Mans. Even as a consulting to the lower F1 teams or Pirelli's tire dev driver like DLR. You don't become the Ferrari's F1 test/dev drive for 13 years without knowing how to dev a car. Best to you Luca.

Vince - Unregistered

December 09, 2010 11:15 AM

Not really a surprise - with current testing limits and the inevitability of getting older and younger people coming in. I feel he got a bad roll of the dice having to step in to Massa's car with so long away and so little testing time, but I guess if you make out that your at that level and do not deliver then your due the criticism. 10/10 for effort though, remembering Spa qualifying where he was pretty much as quick through the 1st sector / eau rouge as all the others (so I don't think bravery was a problem) - shame about the rest of the lap... obviously the years of not keeping the car at the limit for 2 hours start to show.



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