Luca Badoer looks set to be replaced for the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix after a dismal performance at the wheel of the injured Felipe Massa’s Ferrari in both Valencia and Spa Francorchamps. While the Italian team opted to reward Badoer for his long-standing service to the team
with a race seat, it quickly become clear that the test veteran is not up to the task, with a number of drivers linked to the seat for Monza and beyond.
"Today, Luca did the best he could and this win also reflects his contribution within the team: now we will take a few days to evaluate his immediate future, also based on what Felipe’s recovery time might be," stated team boss Stefano Domenicali after Badoer finished 14th and last in Belgium. "Now we look to Monza, our home race, where we will do all in our power to continue down this road, even if we know it will be very difficult.”
Badoer himself will be privately resigned to the fact that he will not be competing at Monza with the latest paddock speculation linking countryman Giancarlo Fisichella
to the seat following his strong run to second place this afternoon with Force India. Badoer however is putting a brave face on the situation and claims he hopes to retain the drive.
"I have upped my performance level yet again," Badoer claimed after finishing 48 seconds behind 13th placed Kazuki Nakajiama. "I really want to race at Monza, one of the tracks I know best, along with Fiorano and Mugello."