Ferrari will debut the F2005 in Bahrain at this coming weekend's Grand Prix and Michael Schumacher is eager to see what the new car can do. He and teammate Rubens Barrichello had a day each behind the wheel of the 2005 challenger during testing at...
Ferrari will debut the F2005 in Bahrain at this coming weekend's Grand Prix and Michael Schumacher is eager to see what the new car can do. He and teammate Rubens Barrichello had a day each behind the wheel of the 2005 challenger during testing at Mugello last week and after that the decision was made to race the car at the Sakhir circuit.
"We were highly focused on our work all week and were able to collect lots of important data," Schumacher said of the test. "Therefore, we now have some very good and very up-to-date information that we can carefully analyze."
"The most important thing we needed to find out was of course if our new car would be ready to be used for the race this next weekend. It goes without saying that I'm excited and very much looking forward to this premiere."
Ferrari's start to the season has been less than expected; Barrichello made it onto the podium with second place in Melbourne but failed to finish in Malaysia, while Schumacher has only picked up two points so far. However, there's still a long way to go and the German isn't about to let the disappointing results deter him.
"After having been in Formula One for so many years, I know that every season has its ups and downs and this season will be the longest we've ever had," he said. "So anything can happen."
"We're experiencing right now that things can change at the drop of a hat -- and also that hard work results in progress. So we are going to continue to focus on the work that we need to do."
It's the second time Formula One has raced in Bahrain so the teams and drivers are more or less prepared for the challenge of the desert. Schumacher claimed the inaugural victory last season, with Barrichello making it a one-two for Ferrari, but Michael is not expecting an easy win this time around.
"After having been there for the first time last year, we all know what to expect at that circuit," the reigning champion commented. "It will most likely not be an easy race for us, but then again, most races aren't easy. I'm happy to take on the challenge."