Badoer’s farewell run in a Ferrari F60 – on ice

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Outgoing Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer drove an F60 in a special livery on ice as their “Wrooom” media event came to a close.

Pirelli supplied special tyres for Badoer’s exhibition run, fitting 4.5 millimetre studs to a set of wet weather tyres.

Meanwhile Fernando Alonso won the kart and Fiat 500 races on the ice. Felipe Massa was runner-up in the kart race.

Here are pictures from the final day of the event.

Luca Badoer drives a F60 Ferrari on ice

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66 comments on Badoer’s farewell run in a Ferrari F60 – on ice

  1. RIISE (@riise) said on 14th January 2011, 21:13

    I’m afraid Badoer will only be remembered in my mind as the guy who did this.

  2. Feynman said on 14th January 2011, 21:15

    Can anyone give me a clue as to how “Wrooom” is being pronounced?

    Wah-rooom is obviously aboriginal Australian, so I therefore quickly assume that in this case the non-native W is being pronounced in Italian as a V?

    Vah-room, Veh-room, Vee-room, Vroom?

  3. Mc Phisto said on 14th January 2011, 21:29

    The nose doesn’t look like the F60 one.

  4. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 14th January 2011, 21:51

    Bye Bye Luca. A shame you didn’t get to drive a Ferrari that you’d spent all those many hours perfecting to perfection.

  5. BasCB said on 14th January 2011, 22:23

    So they have put Luca Badoer on ice!

    In a car he must really loath after those races in 2009, poor Luca.

    • bosyber said on 15th January 2011, 13:14

      I was thinking this may have been how he felt in that car all along: out of place on this surface.

      I hope he had a lot of fun doing this though; his 2009 performance with Ferrari was disgraceful, but as bad as I sometimes find Ferrari’s talk of its drivers (both Raikkonnen during much of 2009, and Massa during 2010 were talked about in away that I really hope is mainly due to being lost in translation somehow) Ferrari have been dealing with Badoer very decently, implicitly admitting they put him in a bad spot dumping him into a hard to drive car without any practice in the middle of the season. Good for them, he did do a lot of good testing for them during those years in the team after all.

  6. Are these Alonso´s and Massa´s new helmets for 2011?

  7. “Pirelli supplied special tyres for Badoer’s exhibition run, fitting 4.5 millimetre studs to a set of wet weather tyres.”

    Pirelli gave them WET weather tyres? Those tyres which no other teams have seen before?

    What’s the bet ferrari will “reverse-engineer” them (i.e. remove the studs) to have a healthy advantage over others in looking at the tyres?

    • What useful data can they get about them from a run on ice with studs in them as well?

      The answer to that has to be: 0.

    • Also (cuz I can’t edit my previous reply) I bet “special tyres” means they just made a set up on the spot and they’re only like the ones they will provide during the season in the sense that they’re round and fit the rims.

    • bosyber said on 15th January 2011, 13:35

      It was cold and slippery, the wet weather tyres probably manage to get some grip in those circumstances, unlike any dry weather tyre would.

      I also agree with Ral that those tyres are likely just the wet compound, but need not be the same construction as the final wet weather tyre. Also, I think with this limited amount of running, and only a few weeks before the tyre test, the amount of possible gain is somewhat slim. But if not: clever Ferrari once again for dodging the testing agreement, I guess.

  8. Fred Schechter said on 14th January 2011, 22:39

    Sad to see Luca exit. I’m sure it’ll be more from daily driver functions and a more ambassadorial role now. He’s meant so much to the team for so long, and will stay my favorite driver.

    People are confused by this, I say, that no other person has more miles in a formula 1 Ferrari than Luca, and that was his job for far longer than nearly every F1 career. Was he a great race driver, well, obviously no, but what he got to do, every day (or when testing allowed) was drive for Ferrari, on their home track, more than ANYONE. That’s awesome!

    • ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 15th January 2011, 1:48

      He could have been a great race driver if he was given the chance.

      He beat Barrichello in the junior formulae, and did some incredible performances in awful cars.

      If only Ferrari had given him a chance in 1999 instead of Salo.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 15th January 2011, 11:12

      He has done more distance than Barrichello, that has competed in the most GPs! I hope his record remain unbeaten!

  9. Jake Butler said on 14th January 2011, 23:09

    i was under the impression Luca offically ended with Ferrari last yr (2010) and has already completed his final run proir to the ”ice demo”. i he doing a mansell and doing 1000 final runs the same as mansell retired at the end of 90 before being signed to williams again, then 92 and went to champ car but to return in 94, to retire again and then mcalren before finally giving up (though nearly returned with jordan in 97!) luca cud yet be doing the barcelona test!

  10. “Felipe, Fernando is still faster than you, did you understand the message?”
    … So then Fernando won the kart and Fiat 500 races

  11. Faraz said on 14th January 2011, 23:59

    it makes me laugh how they gave him the car he “under-achieved” in.

    • Fisichella did no better really, despite his brilliant performance at Spa. The F60 was just a dog of a car that Kimi made the best of.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 15th January 2011, 11:13

      They gave him the only car he drove a race with.

      • Fixy (@fixy) said on 15th January 2011, 11:14

        And it’s the only car after the 2009 rules changes that can be used because the F10 was still in use last season when he did other runs, and this year maybe they are using it for some aero test, and Badoer wouldn’t know how to drive it.

  12. TED BELL said on 15th January 2011, 0:45

    On his gravestone it reads,,,

    ” Whether it be Ice or Snow , He was always SLOW “

  13. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 15th January 2011, 2:13

    Badoer is probably be remembered as one of the nest Test Driver of all time in F1.Many people don’t realize that many testing has been done by him for Ferrari in those 6 CWC they won between 1999-2004.

    Best of luck wherever you go.

  14. Burnout said on 15th January 2011, 8:00

    Any word on what Badoer will do once he leaves Ferrari?

  15. kowalsky (@) said on 15th January 2011, 8:26

    bad-oer is gone, and fisico soon will follow.
    Can’t they find promising f1 prospects, instead of these dinosaurs? And give them some running.
    Alonso won everything at vroooom and nobody noticed , so ferrari is perfecting the team orders. And they said no practice until valencia feb the 1st.

    • Ferrari’s long-term plan is Jules Bianchi – he’s recently been promoted to tester. Fisico (and GenĂ©) will probably be around for a while – they’re both still racing and won’t get rusty in quite the same way as Badoer did (Luca hadn’t raced anything in a FIA-approved race for years prior to the 2009 return). Getting running for Luca will be a problem, but if Jules is sent to one of the lower-ranking teams to gain experience, that will get round the problem.

      I believe Ferrari set up its Driver Academy in 2009 specifically to look for other prospects. So I wouldn’t worry overmuch about Ferrari’s long-term driver prospects.

      Although it is true that Fernando won everything motorised at Wrooom, he didn’t quite manage to win everything – Fisico won the skiing…

      • Fixy (@fixy) said on 15th January 2011, 16:55

        The problem is that Ferrari are all around Bianchi, and if he proves a failure, which I hope not and don’t so, they can’t do like Red Bull that have hundreds of young drivers to protect. If Bianchi proves bad, they have no one else for some time. In GP2 I heard that sometimes he wasn’t very impressive, with some errors, but his thrid place in the standings shows IMO he is not bad.

    • I noticed… check here (if I can quote myself): “Felipe, Fernando is still faster than you, did you understand the message?”
      … So then Fernando won the kart and Fiat 500 races

  16. ahhhh no shark fin, now doesnt that look sooooo much better.

  17. Brawn said on 15th January 2011, 10:36

    Were there team orders for alonso in the kart race?

  18. Fixy (@fixy) said on 15th January 2011, 11:26

    Instead of using a Fiat this year to bring the drivers to the Chalet Fiat, they used a Jeep, owned by Chrysler, partially owned by Fiat.

  19. Fixy (@fixy) said on 15th January 2011, 11:41

    Did you know that in the cablecars at Madonna Di Campiglio there is a red cable with the Wrooom logo dedicated to Ferrari and Ducati? Here are the photos I made (Not of very high resolution, I made them with my old camera).

  20. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 15th January 2011, 14:38

    I’m glad that Badoer got a nice little send-off. Perhaps he wasn’t the fastest but he came agonisingly close to scoring a point for Minardi years ago.

    He put a lot of work into the successful Ferraris of Schumacher and although his performances in 2009 were poor, he was in a dreadful car, you only have to look at how Fisichella did in the same car to see that.

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