Ferrari Blames Lack of Testing for Badoer, Fisichella Failures
However, they do blame the International Automobile Federation (FIA) for their introduction of an in-season testing ban, which has made the life of Luca Badoer and Giancarlo Fisichella close to impossible in recent months. Following the accident of Felipe Massa in Hungary, both drivers have been put inside the F60 to replace him, but none has managed to score a single point for Ferrari in 6 rounds.
The reason why that happened, as argued by the team's principal Stefano Domenicali, is the fact that neither of them were used to drive KERS-powered machineries in F1. Although Badoer was a heavy tester before setting foot in the Ferrari F60 and Fisichella has come to Ferrari following a blistering performance for Force India at Spa, the lack of testing and getting used to the complex F60 proved decisive in their failure to score points.
“The drivers simply don't have the confidence about how the car is going to react, so they brake earlier and go back onto the gas later,” said Domenicali, as quoted by Germany's Auto Bild.
“I would like to say something about Luca Badoer, because everyone put him down. Giancarlo did a fantastic result in Belgium before he came to us and now also he is struggling. It would therefore be wrong to push all the blame onto the drivers,” insisted the Italian boss.
Having to rely only on the points brought by Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari have now slipped in the overall classification to 4th place, one point behind McLaren Mercedes. With one race to go, Domenicali admitted that finishing the season in 3rd place is Ferrari's main target for the Abu Dhabi finale.