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Name : Luca Badoer
Date of Birth : 25 January 1971
Birth Place : Montebelluna, Treviso
Marital Status : Single



Now a widely recognised and accomplished test driver for Ferrari, Italy's Luca Badoer began his career for Lola BMS team in 1993 after winning the European F3000 championship in 1992. Competing alongside countryman Michele Alboreto, the season was primarily about survival rather than performance and the best he could manage was a seventh place finish amongst a myriad of mechanical failures. The team didn't even make it to 1994, leading Badoer to join Minardi as test driver. He spent a year developing for the Faenza outfit, and was then promoted to the race seat in 1995. But in a typical year of struggle for Minardi, Badoer had to be content competing at the back of the field and at one stage was even labelled the 'mobile chicane' by frontrunners when they came to lap him.
His unfortunate habit of driving for teams that ultimately went belly-up continued in 1996, when as race driver for Forti-Corse he lost his drive after the just the tenth race when the Italian team ran out of cash. A change of scene seemed inevitable in 1997, and Badoer went and drove in the GT Lotus World Championship, which broadened his horizons and gave him a different perspective.
It was in 1998 that he first established links with Scuderia Ferrari when he joined the team as test driver. He spent a successful year for the Maranello marque, but was then lured back to racing in 1999 for Minardi whilst maintaining his ties with Ferrari. He came tantalisingly close to a top six position at the incident-ridden European Grand Prix, but a gearbox halted his charge whilst he was running fourth.
2000 marked Badoer's return to full commitment to Ferrari, and which continues today. He has often been credited for the Scuderia's new era of success with his countless hours of development driving and information gathering behind the wheel at Fiorano, Ferrari's test facility.



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