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Badoer feeling positive after F60 run 19 Aug 2009

Luca Badoer, Ferrari F60, at Fiorano, Italy, 18 August 2009. © Ferrari Luca Badoer, Ferrari F60, at Fiorano, Italy, 18 August 2009. © Ferrari Luca Badoer, Ferrari F60, at Fiorano, Italy, 18 August 2009. © Ferrari Luca Badoer, Ferrari F60, at Fiorano, Italy, 18 August 2009. © Ferrari

Despite the in-season test ban, Ferrari’s Luca Badoer got the chance to spend two days in the F60 at the Fiorano test track this week, as he took part in the shooting of a promotional video on Monday and Tuesday. With Badoer set to make his race debut for the Italian team at this weekend’s European Grand Prix, after agreeing to fill in for the injured Felipe Massa, he was pleased to spend some time in the car.

"These 200 kilometres were absolutely insignificant from a technical point of view, but they allowed me to get to know the car again,” the Italian told Ferrari’s official website. "I have a good impression and it’s obvious that there’s a difficult task waiting for me at Valencia: the first race will help me to get back into the rhythm of a Formula One weekend. I haven’t set myself any goals, just to end the race.”

As well as enjoying some time behind the wheel of the car, Badoer, who will be competing in his first F1 race for a decade, has also been boosted by the news team mate Michael Schumacher will attend the Valencia event. Originally Schumacher had been due to fill in for Massa, but the German was forced to pull out with neck pains.

“I’m glad that Michael will be with the team, I’m sure he can give me some important tips,” Badoer said. “Over the last days we’ve spoken very often and we even trained together when he was still trying to get ready to race. I was really sad, because I know how much he would have liked it. Although I am now able to make my dream come true, I am his friend, his admirer and his fan.”

Badoer is also looking forward to working more closely with his team mate Kimi Raikkonen. “We’ve got an excellent relationship and I’m sure that we’ll work very well together as teammates,” he concluded. “He’s got his character, but that’s nothing new; I feel very good when we’re together.”

Following his spell behind the wheel, Badoer has returned to his home town of Montebelluna to continue his preparations, before he journeys to Spain, ahead of Friday’s first practice session.