The new Ferrari F2005, which was launched at Maranello on Friday, will probably make its race debut at the Spanish Grand Prix in early May. Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello will compete with the interim F2004M in the first few races; only...
The new Ferrari F2005, which was launched at Maranello on Friday, will probably make its race debut at the Spanish Grand Prix in early May. Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello will compete with the interim F2004M in the first few races; only one F2005 chassis is ready at the moment, which team tester Luca Badoer will try out on track next week.
"The second (new chassis) will probably be ready after Malaysia, because at the moment it is still being used for the crash test," said technical director Ross Brawn. "When we have two chassis, we will be able to do more testing."
"Of course, we want to race the new car as soon as possible and to do that we need to gather a lot of data. Badoer will do the first test, as the race drivers will be busy with the Australian Grand Prix."
It's possible the F2005 could be introduced earlier but Brawn thinks Spain will be the event. "Probably Barcelona," he said in regard to the new car's debut.
"But we will have to see how testing goes. Maybe it might be possible to introduce it in Bahrain. It also depends how the F2004 M goes in the races. If it is competitive, then we can get on with things more calmly."
The new tyre regulations this year mean that a driver cannot change tyres during the race. There has been speculation that there will be less pit stops but Brawn does not expect the number of stops will change very much.
"We will have to see how things go at different circuits," he commented. "I do not expect a big change in the number of pit stops and I think there will usually be two or three stops."
"Obviously, now the calculations will be based purely on the fuel load, given that the tyres do not change and so the strategy will vary from circuit to circuit."
"In a short space of time, we will find the right way to go between a little and a lot of fuel in relation to tyre wear. We like this challenge. Those who do the best job will create interesting opportunities."
Michael Schumacher isn't worried about any rule changes as he aims for his eighth title. "In the last few years every rule change has been pronounced as an anti-Ferrari rule but we have obviously kept winning," said the Scuderia's reigning champion.
"I don't think rule changes stop people winning. Usually those who are better can react quicker and better and adapt. It's a different challenge. I don't care very much because it's the same for everyone. You work in a certain frame and you try to do the best in that frame."