Marc Gene has admitted it has not been easy to see Luca Badoer being chosen by Ferrari to replace the injured Felipe Massa at the European Grand Prix.
Massa was originally going to be replaced by seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, but the German was forced to cancel his plans due to a problem with his neck. Ferrari then decided to draft 38-year-old Badoer, who had not competed since 1999 and had not driven a Formula 1 car in some 10 months.
Gene, the team's second test driver, had recently won the Le Mans 24 Hours for Peugeot and the Spaniard admitted it was quite a shock that Ferrari chose Badoer. The Catalan made it clear, however, that he is ready to jump into the car if Ferrari calls him.
"These past weeks have not been easy for me," Gene wrote in his column in El Mundo newspaper. "It's hard to assume that you won't be racing at your home grand prix after winning the Le Mans 24 Hours and having completed over 10,000 kilometers with Ferrari and Peugeot.
"Whatever they decide for Belgium, I'll respect it and I will accept the decision. If I race, fantastic, and if I don't, I'll act like another member of the team. I'm an active driver and I have to work to drive. I'm ready and they know it."
Ferrari said over the weekend that Badoer would race at the Belgian Grand Prix, but left the door open to replace him after Spa.