Badoer leaves Ferrari test role
|By Matt Beer||Wednesday, December 8th 2010, 09:32 GMT|
Luca Badoer is ending his 13-year stint as a Ferrari test driver, and will make a farewell appearance at the Bologna Motor Show today, demonstrating the team's 2009 Formula 1 car.
A Ferrari statement described Badoer's long association with the team as "extraordinary", and said that at the show he would "put an F60 through its paces and a simulated pitstop, as a farewell homage to the tifosi and enthusiasts present."
Former Formula 3000 champion Badoer joined Ferrari as a test driver in 1998. The Italian continued in the role while also racing for Minardi the following year, before subsequently focusing entirely on his Ferrari duties.
When Felipe Massa was injured in Hungary in 2009 and intended substitute Michael Schumacher had to postpone his comeback due to a neck issue, Badoer was given a short-notice call-up to race again - 10 years after his last grand prix. But having struggled at the back of the field in Valencia and at Spa, he was replaced by Giancarlo Fisichella for the rest of the season.
The 39-year-old's final F1 career tally saw him start 50 grands prix between 1993 and 2009, with his best ever result a seventh place in the Scuderia Italia Lola at Imola in his rookie year.