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Luca Badoer Will Now Take Ferrari Seat

Ferrari’s long term Italian test driver Luca Badoer will now take the seat at Ferrari vacated from Michael Schumacher who was brought in to deputise for Felipe Massa.

Schumacher pulled out of the drive this morning complaining of neck problems.

So it is now up to Badoer to sort things out.  Luca has been a test driver with Ferrari since 1998, and last raced a competitive Grand Prix in 1999 with Minardi.  His drive with Ferrari means he will only ever have raced with Italian teams.

At 38 he will too be the oldest driver.  And after some 48 Grand Prixs he has NEVER scored a single championship point, making him a record holder of being the longest number of GP’s raced to no point scored ratio.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said: “I am very unhappy that a problem means that Michael [Schumacher] cannot return to racing.

“In the past few days, I could appreciate his great efforts and extraordinary motivation which had spread through the team and fans around the world. No doubt his return would have been good for Formula 1 and I am sure it would have seen him fighting for wins again.

“In the name of Ferrari and all the fans, I wish to thank him for the strong attachment he displayed for the team in these circumstances.

“In agreement with Stefano Domenicali, we have therefore decided to give Luca Badoer the chance to race for the Scuderia after he has put in so many years of hard work as a test driver.”

Luca Badoer testing back in 2008

Luca Badoer testing back in 2008

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