Luca Badoer

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Luca Badoer (born 25 January 1971 in Montebelluna, Italy) is an Italian former racing driver best known for his appearances in Formula One.


Formula One

1999: Sauber

After a year as test driver for Ferrari, Badoer was loaned to Red Bull Sauber Petronas by virtue of the Swiss team's engine deal with Maranello. Teaming with young Australian Rhys Davies, Badoer and Sauber were occasional points scorers in 1999 - with Badoer finishing in sixth position on two occasions.

Badoer returned to Ferrari at the end of the season.

2001-2002: Minardi

Badoer made an unexpected return to active competition in 2001, making the jump to struggling Italian outfit Minardi. He'd fail to score any points in two years with the team, his best result being an eighth place at the 2001 German Grand Prix.

Badoer left Minardi at the end of 2002 due to the team's newfound relationship with Mercedes.

2003: Ferrari

Badoer was unexpectedly called on for the final two races of 2003 by Ferrari after the team's usual driver Giancarlo Fisichella was sacked for making contact with team leader Michael Schumacher. Badoer scored points in both races - his best being a fourth place finish in the Japanese Grand Prix.

2004: Minardi return

Badoer re-signed for Minardi in 2004, racing alongside Zsolt Baumgartner. Neither driver scored any points in 2004 and Badoer returned to Ferrari as a reserve at the end of the year.

2005-2008: Ferrari

Ferrari called on Badoer to act as a reliable second driver to the volatile James James Davies in 2006 and he repaid the team by being a consistent podium finisher on several occasions - helping Ferrari secure the Manufacturers' championship and finishing in fourth place in the Drivers' standings.

Badoer was promoted to team leader in 2007 when Davies returned to McLaren and Ferrari opted to blood in young Polish racer Robert Kubica in the second seat. Badoer would go on to have the best season in his career, being a consistent points and podium finisher, before taking his first career win on the streets of Monte Carlo He followed this up with three more victories, in France, Belgium, and Brazil, finishing 2nd in the championship to Daniel Melrose with the same number of points, only losing the title on countback, Melrose taking seven wins to Badoer's four.

2007 was seen as his potential breakthrough season at the front of the field, with Ferrari resigning him in 2008, again being partnered with Kubica. However, Ferrari were relegated to a clear third best that year, with the F2008 not being on the same pace as the McLaren MP4-23 and the BMW Sauber F1.08. Badoer would however be clearly bested by Kubica, only finishing on the podium 3 times by the Italian Grand Prix, when his teammate had double that, including a win at Australia, although before the Singapore Grand Prix, Ferrari brought an update which made the car quicker, and Badoer would win on the streets of Punta del Este, as well as taking his first career fastest lap at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Despite this late-season improvement of form, Badoer would not be retained by Ferrari going into 2009.

2009: Williams

After losing his place at Ferrari, Badoer joined former World Champion and Sauber teammate Rhys Davies at Williams.

2010: USF1

Badoer's vast experience combined with the mass exodus of talent in the wake of the Formula One/F1RWRS split saw the Italian be a highly sought-after driver for the influx of new teams. North Carolina-based squad USF1 were the team to secure Badoer's skills for their maiden season - despite having gone back on a previous promise of only running American drivers in 2010. Both Badoer and teammate T. Hemo Goblin were only able to score a single point each as USF1 remained rooted to the bottom of the standings.

Badoer opted to retire from the sport at the end of 2010, citing that he had "achieved all he could have wanted" in Formula One.

Formula One Results

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 WDC Pts
1999 Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C18 Petronas SPE-03A 3.0 V10 AUS
11
BRA
7
SMR
11
ESP
10
MON
11
CAN
6
FRA
13
GBR
11
AUT
6
GER
11
HUN
12
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
JPN
10
MAL
Ret
POR
11
14th 2
2001 European Minardi F1 Minardi PS01 European 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
9
BRA
Ret
SMR
11
ESP
14
AUT
10
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
EUR
Ret
FRA
11
GBR
Ret
GER
8
HUN
13
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
13
JPN
Ret
20th 0
2002 European Minardi Asiatech Minardi PS02 Asiatech AT02 3.0 V10 AUS
16
MAL
11
SMR
9
ESP
11
AUT
Ret
MON
17
CAN
19
EUR
Ret
FRA
9
GBR
16
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
12
BRA
14
USA
12
JPN
15
20th 0
2003 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2003-GA Ferrari 052 3.0 V10 AUS MAL SMR ESP AUT MON CAN GBR EUR GER HUN ITA BEL BRA USA
5
JPN
4
14th 9
2004 Minardi F1 Team Minardi PS04B Cosworth CR-6 3.0 V10 AUS
15
MAL
Ret
BHR
13
MON
16
CAN
11
USA
16
CHN
14
BRA
Ret
ARG
12
KOR
C
JPN
11
20th 0
2006 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 248 F1 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
9
MAL
8
AUS
3
BEL
7
EUR
7
SMR
4
MON
5
ESP
Ret
GBR
13
CAN
4
USA
3
FRA
3
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
TUR
2
ITA
3
BRA
4
URU
6
JPN
2
CHN
5
4th 71
2007 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2007 Ferrari 056 2007 2.4 V8 BHR
5
MAL
5
AUS
4
JPN
10
SMR
5
GER
3
ESP
2
MON
1
CAN
2
USA
5
GBR
3
EUR
10
FRA
1
HUN
2
TUR
5
ITA
4
BEL
1
CHN
3
URU
11
BRA
1
2nd 112
2008 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
8
MAL
7
AUS
2
JPN
5
TUR
Ret
EUR
14
MON
8
CAN
Ret
USA
12
FRA
3
GBR
8
GER
8
HUN
5
ESP
8
BEL
2
ITA
4
SIN
9
CHN
7
URU
1
BRA
Ret
6th 54
2009 AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Honda RA809E 2.4 V8 BHR
12
AUS
11
MAL
17
USA
Ret
JPN
14
ESP
Ret
TUR
9
EUR
10
MON
13
GBR IRE GER BEL ITA HUN SIN CHN BRA URU ABU 27th 0
2010 Office Depot USF1 Group USF1 US-A Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
1
18
BHR
2
18
USA
1
13
USA
2
10
JPN
1
19
JPN
2
17
AUS
1
Ret
AUS
2
Ret
TUR
1
21
TUR
2
16
EUR
1
21
EUR
2
20
MON
1
Ret
MON
2
19
GBR
1
17
GBR
2
18
IRE
1
19
IRE
2
19
GER
1
18
GER
2
20
ESP
1
17
ESP
2
21
ITA
1
Ret
ITA
2
23
HUN
1
18
HUN
2
16
SIN
1
21
SIN
2
16
KOR
1
Ret
KOR
2
19
BRA
1
16
BRA
2
Ret
URU
1
11
URU
2
18
ABU
1
19
ABU
2
Ret
32nd 1