Ferrari to launch ‘F2008K’ development car

Like many teams, Ferrari are to use a revised version of this year’s F2008 car to develop parts for next season. Code-named the F2008K, the ‘K’ believed to refer to the new KERS technology, the car will act as a halfway house between the current 2008 and radically revised 2009 regulations.

The development machine is expected to break cover at Ferrari’s Fiorano circuit shortly, before travelling to Barcelona with Luca Badoer next week for the start of testing. It is unlikely that the car will use the complicated KERS technology in Spain, instead the team will simulate the weight of the system with strategically placed ballast.

Badoer and Gene have Ferrari contracts renewed

ferrari logoFerrari have confirmed that they will be retaining the services of both test drivers Marc Gene and Luca Badoer for another season.

Badoer, who holds the dubious honour of being the driver who has competed in the most number of Formula One races (48) without scoring a single point, has been with the Ferrari team since 1997.

Gene has been with Ferrari since 2004 as a test driver having spend the previous few seasons as a Williams test driver. A limit on the F1 testing has limited the amount of testing he can do and he now also races for Peugeot in some of their Le Mans efforts.