Luca Badoer with Ferrari F60 at 2009 Season Launch

So Who is Luca Bedoer?

by F1Fan on August 12, 2009

With Michael Schumacher’s announcement that he will be unable to return to F1 and Ferrari’s nomination of their test driver luca Badoer as the replacement for Massa at the European Grand Prix some of you may be wondering, as I was, who the hell is Luca Bedoer.

It turns out that at 38 years of age Luca is no spring chicken in Formula One terms, having a long Motorsport career dating back to the 1990’s. Starting out in Karting and progressing to Formula 3 and on to F3000 where he became champion in the 1992 season.

Luca Bedoer120Luca’s F1 career began in 1993 driving for the Suderia Italia team, unfortunately their car consisting of a Lola Chassis and Ferrari engine was the slowest of the field, Sucderia Italia merged with Minardi (later to become Suderia Torro Rosso) for the 1994 season, and luca stayed with them first as test driver and later as race driver before switching to short lived Forti Corsi team in 1996.

1997 saw the start of his relationship with Ferrari as a test driver, returning briefly to racing for Minardi in 1999 but unable to find a race seat the following year Luca became Ferrari’s permanent test driver, a position he has performed continuously until earlier this week when his long held dream came true.

“Since I’ve been a child I always wanted to race for Ferrari and now I’ve got the possibility to make this desire come true. I’m really sorry for Michael, because I know how much he wanted to return: I’m saying that as his friend and his fan. We’ve been in contact during the last days and we drove karts together at Lonato last week. So I followed him very closely in this attempt. Last night (Aug 10th) he called me a couple of minutes after Stefano Domenicali had told me the news and I know that he’ll always be ready to give me some advice and he will shout for me.”

Luca bedoer is Ferrari’s longest serving Test Driver and also holds the dubious distinction of being the driver who has completed in the most Grand Prix starts without scoring any points, perhaps the European Grand Prix will end that run of bad luck, but to do so Luca will have to drive the race of his life.

Now that would be a great ending to this story!!

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