Stefano Domenicali on Sunday left the door open to replacing Luca Badoer after this weekend's Belgian grand prix.

Stefano Domenicali on Sunday left the door open to replacing Luca Badoer after this weekend's Belgian grand prix.

Long time test driver Badoer struggled for pace as he returned to formula one at Valencia in injured Felipe Massa's car, but Ferrari have confirmed he will keep the drive for the forthcoming Spa-Francorchamps race.

However, if the 38-year-old Italian has as bad a weekend in Belgium, on a circuit he knows and previously contested grands prix, Ferrari principal Domenicali suggested the team would have to consider another route.

"For sure it is an important race for Luca Badoer next weekend," he told reporters at Valencia on Sunday. "We are expecting a big jump from him and then we will see."

 

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