Ferrari Consider Replacing Badoer After Spa
Scuderia Ferrari’s racing director Stefano Domenicali has suggested that Luca Badoer could be replaced after the Belgian Grand Prix next weekend.
Badoer, 38, is standing in for the injured Felipe Massa. He has been a test driver for many years, and previous to today his last competitive Grand Prix was the 1999 Japanese Grand Prix. Badoer has underperformed all weekend and finished alowly 17th today.
Ferrari cannot afford to finish in that position, nor can they afford the consistent fines and penalties Badoer was recieving. When Badoer crossed the white pitlane line on the track and got a pitlane penalty, Michael Schumacher shook his head slightly and everyone’s hearts dropped. Badoer said this weekend was a wake-up-call, but he must improve massively in Belgium.
“What I said exactly, to be precise, is that for us the first priority is to understand when Felipe Massa will come back,” Domenicali told reporters after the race.
“For sure it is an important race for Luca Badoer next weekend. We are expecting a big jump from him and then we will see.”
“As I have said before, Ferrari cannot be satisfied with a car in last position,” he continued.
“That is pretty clear, but we need to consider all the circumstances and everything that has happened. I think if you look behind it, for sure it was a difficult weekend for him.
“In terms of race pace, if you look to compare to the other young drivers, you can make your opinion.
“He did a great start and then he was touched from behind so he lost a place, and then in terms of rhythm – everyone was worried this morning about his health, worried about that it was not possible for him to get to the finish and that he would have to go to the hospital. But he was very good.”