Barrichello praises Ferrari F2002

Barrichello praises Ferrari F2002

Rubens Barrichello was very happy to have driven Ferrari's most successful ever car, the F2002, and said it gave him some of his best moments in Formula One. Providing all goes well in testing, Ferrari will debut the F2003-GA at the Spanish Grand...

Rubens Barrichello was very happy to have driven Ferrari's most successful ever car, the F2002, and said it gave him some of his best moments in Formula One. Providing all goes well in testing, Ferrari will debut the F2003-GA at the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend and the F2002 will be consigned to history.

"I feel so glad that I have driven a car like the F2002," said Barrichello. "It was a fantastic car to drive and gave me my best moments yet in Formula One."

Rubens Barrichello.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
The only disappointment for him was not winning his home race in the F2002. Barrichello was in the lead of the Brazilian GP when the car developed a fuel problem and ground to a halt.

"I really wanted to give that car its last win and that should have been the case in Brazil, but it did not work out like that," he commented. "Cars are just cars, but I have a special feeling for this one. I won't go so far as to cry over it, but I would thank the team for giving me the F2002 to drive."

Barrichello and Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer have been running the F2003-GA at the Mugello circuit this week and everything seems to be going to plan.

Ferrari delayed the introduction of the new car from the San Marino GP as reliability issues were a factor. However, Barrichello set the fastest times on two days this week at Mugello and concluded a three-day test in an optimistic frame of mind.

"I could not miss this important test session," Barrichello explained. "For obvious reasons, Michael is not here and in any case, I needed to make adjustments to my seat position. I did 63 laps Wednesday and it felt better and I did a longer run on Thursday."

"Luca Badoer has done two race distance runs which is a good sign in terms of reliability and it seems the engineers have sorted out the small problems we had before. I am optimistic for the next race."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luca Badoer , Rubens Barrichello
Teams Ferrari