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Always looking ahead

August 22, 2009 · Posted by Staff
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Valencia - Formula 1’s first official “closed for holidays” wasn’t a holiday for Ferrari at all. After Felipe Massa’s dramatic accident during the qualifying for the Hungarian GP the Scuderia had to find a substitute for the Brazilian driver and after Michael Schumacher was unable to take his seat, Luca Badoer became the first choice. Badoer has been test driver of F1 cars in Maranello for many years and is now for the fist time in his life an official driver of the Prancing Horse since Friday.

Luca’s childhood dream came true, but as in most aspects of life the road to travel is long and windy. It’s not a stroll driving a Formula 1 car after 10 years of absence from the series with radical changes in terms of driving style and rules, in a sport, which continuously evolves year after year.

The confirmation for all this came in today’s qualifying. While Kimi Raikkonen gained a good sixth position on the starting grid for the European GP in Valencia, Luca Badoer wasn’t as lucky. He couldn’t get beyond Q1. Although there’s no need to worry: we knew it wouldn’t be easy. That’s why there’s a double challenge for the Scuderia coming up on the horizon: concluding the Constructors’ Championship in place three and make Luca grow as fast as possible, so he can help Kimi and the Team to reach this important goal.

During this very delicate period of this season what is even more important is the support by the fans, who in the Forum of our website left messages where they showed that they understood that it’s not so important to run, but to walk together, step by step, towards the goal.
 
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  • Sunday, 23 Aug 2009 12:56
    by Mark Andrew Stephens
    Dear Team: as fans we understand the circumstances and we still love you guys! I am very sure if Schuey's neck could have taken 2 hours in the car he would have been pushing the pedals today. I am not sure how well he would have done either considering he didn't have any practice this year in the car due to Mad Max and his stupid rules... Either way we know that Ferrari want to win long term for a long time and we are here no matter what to support you while you make it happen! Ciao -Mark
  • Monday, 24 Aug 2009 01:57
    by Justin
    I can understand that Ferrari will want to be loyal to Luca Badoer and reward him for all the hard work that he has done in the past. Luca unfortunately does not have the skills to compete. In order for Ferrari to be competitive and to get the maximum number of constructors point during the time that Philippe cannot race they should sign Nelson Piquet Jr on a race by race contract. He is younger and would love to show Renault that he has the skills to be successful
  • Monday, 24 Aug 2009 09:52
    by gabriel Dore
    they place nelsinho piquet in the place of luca to badoer appositive that they will not be repented of this choice, it this with rhythm of race beyond silencing the mouth of briattore obliged and good luck in Belgium
  • Saturday, 29 Aug 2009 03:42
    by Simony Kataoka
    I would like to write about Luca's performace and say that I support him in this difficult moment! Luca, I believe in your ability and strength to overcome these first two races bad! Always with my positive thoughts to you, good vibes and luck! All of us Ferrari fans, we should support him now ... Force Luca! I would not want that Ferrari put you out of the next race, substituted by any other driver, Italian or younger, you deserve to be in the F-60! Please let Luca in the cockpit until Felipe go back! Simony - from Brazil
  • Monday, 31 Aug 2009 03:18
    by Zahid
    THE RACE IN SINGAPORE LAST YEAR WAS ALTERED DUE TO ILLEGAL WORK BY RENAULT. MASSA FINISHED LAST DUE TO THE INCIDENT IN A RACE HE QUALIFIED 1ST. BEFORE THE CRASH, MASSA HAD A SIGNIFICANT LEAD OVER HAMILON AND THERE WAS NO WAY OF HAMILTON CATCHING UP UNTIL THE PITSTOP AFTER THE SAFETY CAR. WHEN THE FERRARI CAR OF MASSA CAME IN, THE PITCREW CAUSED AN ERROR WHICH IN EFFECT CAUSED MASSA TO LOSE THE RACE. MASSA WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION IF THE RENAULT CAR DID NOT HIT THE WALL. THE RACE INVESTIGATION IS UNDERGOING AS OF YESTERDAY 30TH AUGUST. THE RACE RESULTS SHOULD BE VOID, MASSA SHOULD BE IN RETROSPECT BE HANDED THE TITLE OF CHAMPION IF YOU RE-CALCULATE THE POINTS!!! ALL POINTS OF ALL RACERS SHOULD BE VOID. F1 SHOULD BE FAIR AND LOOK AT WHAT EFFECT THE CRASH HAD CAUSED THE OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 03:41
    by Carlos
    Good Morning! I´m a brazilian fan and i have a suggest for driver a car, the name ís Bruno Senna, because is young, is very fast, in the second year in GP2 series has a second place in chanpionship.
  • Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 03:58
    by Pauline
    Congratulations to the team for helping make Kimi reach the top step of the podium again! Even if, most of the time, we just see the driver, all your effort and work is not unnoticed by us, your fans! Keep it up! There may be bad times...but we will always stand by all of you until the good times come again and this will make the victories even sweeter and more meaningful! I understand how hard it is right now with Felipe (I'm glad he is improving so quickly!) and we respect your right to take the time to decide what is best for the team to do. Lastly, I hope you realize what a valuable asset you have in Kimi who has never complained, never said anything bad about the team, and is trying his best to keep the Ferrari banner flying at the end of every race. Please do not take him out!

 

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