Ferrari retains three test drivers

2014 F1 season

Davide Rigon, Ferrari, Young Drivers' Test, Silverstone, 2013Ferrari will continue to use three test drivers during the 2014 F1 season.

Former F1 drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Marc Gene will remain part of the team’s test programme, as will Davide Rigon. The latter has signed a new two-year deal with the team.

Gene, who enters his tenth year with the team, is now Ferrari’s longest serving active driver following the departure of Felipe Massa.

As well as conducting testing work for the team including at this year’s four in-season tests, the trio will also perform at promotional events for Ferrari.

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13 comments on Ferrari retains three test drivers

  1. Spawinte (@spawinte) said on 4th February 2014, 15:47

    I don’t know why such drivers agree to be testers any more. It doesn’t even afford a fraction of the prestige or dignity it once did.

    • petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 4th February 2014, 16:24

      De La Rosa will do a lot of work on the sim for Ferrari so I suppose with him, it’s either retire and take a job on the TV or play video games for a living….

      I don’t understand the younger guys doing it though because their input on the sim won’t be that good and they won’t get any track time. If you have hopes of getting an F1 seat, it’d make more sense to get a seat in GP2 and prove your worth.

    • marc512 (@) said on 4th February 2014, 18:04

      If ferrari asked you to test drive their car secretly, wouldn’t you say yes?

  2. hamilzors said on 4th February 2014, 16:41

    To say that Gene is Ferrari’s test driver is quite funny. As far as i know his job is to do the television commentary for Sky at each and a every race and to defend Ferrari’s image whenever ugly things happen. I don’t know if he does this knowingly or not, but for us tv viewers it doesn’t make a difference.

    • A bit harsh, but I have never liked the idea of having him commentating the races. He doesn’t have a balanced opinion of things and sometimes he exaggerates in his love with Ferrari. I hope they change him this year, but I think it’s unlikely.

  3. Jack (@jmc200) said on 4th February 2014, 18:50

    Super Pedro is so old! 43 this year! It’s a credit to his outstanding test driver qualities that he drove at Jerez, a secret tyre test with a 2011 car and 2 days with the tyre test in Bahrain last year. Don’t really get why Rigon is there, not a particularly great driver, but he must be happy to take Kobayashi’s WEC seat. Gene must wonder why they still employ him, no testing for years and he’s lost his Audi WEC seat…

  4. netinbala said on 5th February 2014, 4:48

    what about Fisicella.. I think he is part of Italian marque, has the Italian kicked out from Ferrari. Haven’t heard for long time.

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