Monday 25th January 1971
Born on this day, Luca Badoer, the 1990 Italian Formula 3 and 1992 Formula 3000 Champion seemed hot property when he joined Michele Alboreto at the Scuderia Italia for the 1993 F1 season. But he never got anything but second rate machinery to race with, the other teams being Minardi and Forti Corse he raced for. Unforgotten the scene when Luca came back by foot to the pits at the Nurburgring, as he had suffered a last minute gearbox failure taking an almost certain 4th place finish at the 1999 European GP away from him. Since 2000 he has been a Ferrari test driver and, having completed many tens of thousands of kilometres in testing, is seen as a vital part of Ferrari’s success in recent years.