Gene signs new Ferrari test driver deal for 2013 10 January, 2013 Spanish veteran Marc Gene has signed up for yet another year as a Ferrari test driver, although mixing the F1 role with an Audi sports cars endurance seat, Gene has inked a new one-year Ferrari contract for 2013, Switzerland’s Speed Week reports. The 38-year-old Spaniard, who also commentates on F1 with Spanish television Antena 3, has been a Ferrari test driver since 2005, although Jules Bianchi was the famous Italian team’s official reserve in 2012. Gene’s recent role has been more confined to working with sponsors, and in the simulator. “I’m honoured that I can continue working for Ferrari,” he is quoted as saying this week. “My goal is clear – I want to help Ferrari and Fernando Alonso to have a car capable of winning the title.” Gene raced for Minardi in 1999 and 2000, and as Williams‘ reserve driver stepped into injured Ralf Schumacher’s car for short periods in 2003 and 2004. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsMcLaren luring Alonso or pissing off Ferrari?Marussia shows Ferrari the way to power boostFerrari deny that Pat Fry has been firedInside Ferrari: Working even harderMattiacci: Alonso is the best driver on the gridRaikkonen: I trust Ferrari, next year things will get betterFerrari: Team showed it could react extremely wellEarly birthday present for AlonsoAlonso: It tastes like a victory for usRaikkonen: I wanted to go again, but the team said no need Forza Ferrari Gene is a very good and experienced test driver, so I’m really happy about this deal. He’s a useful asset for Ferrari. The Pessimist Why has Ferrari not promoted any of it’s test drivers or drivers from their academy to a race seat since mid 90′s and what purpose does their academy serve? The reality is that the test drivers are simply not good enough while drivers graduating from their academy are forced on mid pack teams like Sauber and Force India to be tested as guinea pigs by supplying these teams with engines,gear boxes and transmissions in exchange for a race seat.