Ferrari have yet to appoint a 2012 reserve driver
21 February, 2012
Feb.21 (GMM) Davide Rigon has confirmed reports that he will not serve as Ferrari’s official reserve driver for 2012. The Maranello squad has yet to appoint a driver to this role..
With Ferrari’s Jules Bianchi moving to Force India this year, it was initially assumed that Italian GP2 driver Rigon, 25, would be promoted to replace him on the race team.
Indeed, Ferrari confirmed last month that Rigon “has recently extended his relationship” with the scuderia.
But it was subsequently rumoured that Maranello based Ferrari does not consider Rigon ready to step in should Fernando Alonso or Felipe Massa need replacing during a grand prix weekend.
Reports in January said Adrian Sutil might be a contender for the third role.
Rigon told the Italian website F1Web that he will work on the simulator in 2012.
As for whether his responsibilities will include actual track testing, he answered: “I don’t know, although I cannot deny that I would like to do some during the season.
“I am available to the Scuderia and I have to keep myself ready for any eventuality, but right now I am not the third driver,” admitted Rigon.