With Michael Schumacher
announcing that his motorcycle neck injury has forced him to abandon his return to Formula One in the place of injured Felipe Massa, Ferrari wasted no time in confirming Italian veteran and team reserve Luca Badoer will fill the vacancy at the forthcoming Grand
Prix in Valencia.
"I am very unhappy that a problem means that Michael cannot return to racing," commented Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo. "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 One 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."
Badoer last raced in Formula One a decade ago with Minardi and with the testing ban in place, it is debatable how prepared the 38-year old Italian can be.
He made 48 starts in Formula One from 1993 starting with Lola before stints at both Minardi and Forti Course. Given the equipment at his disposal he was never able to score a championship point.