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Badoer notches up defeat for the journeyman

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LUCA BADOER returned to Formula One on Sunday after 10 years without a race.

And he was rubbish.

Really rubbish.

Badoer officially retired from racing in 1999, but even then he was never a top-quality performer, holding the record of the most F1 starts without scoring a point.

Since then he has been Ferrari’s test driver with his main racing involvement coming in the latest Ferrari road-cars against Jeremy Clarkson on the Top Gear test track.

This showed in the race around Valencia’s marina circuit, which seemed the equivalent of holding a British Grand Prix around Dover.

Badoer qualified last, 1.5secs seconds adrift of Jaime Alguersuari, himself only in his second grand prix.

This was Ferrari’s first last-placed qualification on merit in their 59 year F1 history.

He then finished the race ahead only of Kazuki Nakajima, who lost two laps when attempting to drive with only three tyres.

After the race he crashed into Adrian Sutil’s Force India, while parking his car in Parc Ferme.

His performance suggested a one-eyed Felipe Massa would still have done a better job.

Badoer has had his reward for years of loyal service.

Now pick a real driver and get on with some racing.

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Written by Andrew Brook

August 25, 2009 at 1:11 pm

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