Luca Badoer Biography: Luca Badoer is a former racing driver from Italy. Badoer has previously competed for Scuderia Italia, Minardi, Forti, and, most recently, Ferrari.
Luca Badoer Biography
Luca Badoer Biography: Luca Badoer was born in Montebelluna, Veneto, Italy, on January 25, 1971. He began racing karts in his youth in 1985 and won two races. Badoer won the Venice karting championship in the 100cc class in 1986 and the national championship the following year. In 1988, he won the Italian championship in the 100cc international class.
Luca Badoer Wiki
|Date Of Birth||January 25, 1971|
|Birth Place||Montebelluna, Veneto, Italy|
|Net Worth||$5 Million|
Luca Badoer Personal Life
Luca Badoer is married and has two children.
Luca Badoer Career
Badoer’s Formula One debut in 1993 was marred by BMS Scuderia Italia’s uncompetitive Lola chassis, which, despite Ferrari engines, was the slowest car in qualifying. Badoer retired after 20 laps in South Africa due to gearbox failure. Badoer qualified 21st and finished 12th in Brazil despite being forced to pit for a new nose cone due to an incident. At Donington, he was penalized by a new rule that limited qualifying to the top 24 cars (his time was only good enough for 26th). Badoer raced as high as sixth in the round in Imola but finished seventh. This was Badoer’s best finish in Formula One. He could not complete the race in Spain, and in Monaco, Badoer finished last of the racers. He came in 15th place in Canada.
Badoer failed to finish twice due to suspension failure in Magny-Cours, Silverstone, Hockenheim, and Budapest. The Lola team was gaining confidence heading into Spa, and Badoer finished 13th. At his home race in Monza, he led Christian Fittipaldi for several circuits before the Brazilian collided with Badoer’s car and finished 10th. Badoer finished 14th after starting last at Estoril. Lola did not attend the races in Japan and Australia following the race since the team announced a merger with Minardi in 1994.
After Alboreto retired, Badoer took over his seat. He began with a gearbox failure in Brazil and a good qualifying in Argentina in the underfunded team utilizing a Ford V8 after a deal with Mugen-Honda fell through. During the race, Badoer collided with the back of Mika Salo’s Tyrrell and then hit Rubens Barichello’s Jordan, resulting in a red flag. Badoer did not resume due to a lack of spare chassis. His best finishes were eighth in Canada, Hungary, and ninth in Japan.
After Pedro Diniz left to join Ligier, he moved to Forti Corse to be teammates with Andrea Montermini. During the season, he only qualified for six of the ten races in which the team competed. In the 1996 Argentine Grand Prix, Badoer collided with Diniz, whose Ligier hit him from behind and flipped his Forti upside down. He was safe in the crash, but Argentine safety marshals were criticized for failing to assist Badoer on time because they feared a fire would start.
Badoer had a newer car and outqualified Montermini in Imola by over a second. He finished tenth and last among the runners. Badoer stayed at the rear in Monaco and crashed with Jacques Villeneuve at Mirabeau, forcing both drivers to retire. He failed to qualify in Spain but began 20th in Canada. After the Ferrari was pushed to the back, Badoer started ahead of Eddie Irvine in France. After that year’s British Grand Prix, Forti Corse dissolved.
After failing to find a suitable race seat in Formula One after 1999, Badoer concentrated on his job as Ferrari’s permanent test driver, covering thousands of kilometers at the Mugello and Fiorano test circuits yearly. He is credited with helping Ferrari win its first Formula One Drivers’ Championship in 21 years in 2000.
Badoer showcased one of the team’s 2005 cars in the center of the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. Badoer revved the engine and performed numerous doughnuts once the pit crew had finished assembling the car, causing a big cloud of tire smoke and leaving circular black stains on the white platform.
On August 11, 2009, it was announced that Badoer would make his Formula One debut after almost ten years to replace the injured Felipe Massa in the 2009 European Grand Prix in Valencia. During the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session, a piece of suspension fell from the rear of Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP car. It struck Massa’s helmet, fracturing his skull, knocking him unconscious, and causing him to smash into a tire wall. Michael Schumacher was scheduled to replace Massa, but a neck injury in a German superbike test earlier this year forced him to withdraw. According to the BBC, Badoer was offered the role as a “thank you for his commitment to the team.” Badoer’s ten-year wait is shorter than Jan Lammers’ between his appearances at the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix and the 1992 Japanese Grand Prix.
Luca Badoer Retirement
Badoer retired from Ferrari as a test driver after 2010 and was replaced by Jules Bianchi. He concluded his 12-year career at Ferrari by displaying the Ferrari F60, the car that Badoer raced in 2009, at the Bologna Motor Show on December 8, 2010.