Luca Badoer is quitting his long-held post as Ferrari’s test driver.
The Italian, who turns 40 next month, has held the post since the late-1990s, and has reportedly clocked up over 130,000km – roughly one-third of the distance between the earth and moon – in testing mileage at Fiorano alone, according to Italy’s Autosprint, which broke the quit story.
Badoer, the 1992 Formula 3000 champion, contested a total of 51 Grand Prix starts with three of Italy’s best tail-ender outfits – Scuderia Italia Lola Ferrari, Minardi and Forti – and holds the record for the most race starts without a championship point to his name.
His opportunity to kill that record came last year, when he was a surprise call-up to the Ferrari driving line-up following Felipe Massa’s injury and Michael Schumacher’s withdrawal from the running with his own neck injury. But poor Luca was miles off the pace and dropped after two poor showings in the F60 at Valencia and Spa-Francorchamps.
Ferrari recently announced that 21-year-old Frenchman Jules Bianchi would be joining its test team roster, which also includes Giancarlo Fisichella (who is himself the subject of similar departure rumours) and Le Mans winner Marc Gené.
[Original image via XPB]