Burti to remain as Ferrari tester

Burti to remain as Ferrari tester

Luciano Burti has recently renewed his contract as Ferrari test driver and thinks the position has taught him a lot. The Brazilian joined Ferrrai as tester in 2002, after a season with Prost as race driver in 2001, but there was rumour late last...

Luciano Burti has recently renewed his contract as Ferrari test driver and thinks the position has taught him a lot. The Brazilian joined Ferrrai as tester in 2002, after a season with Prost as race driver in 2001, but there was rumour late last year that he would be replaced at Ferrari by Felipe Massa. Burti dismissed the gossip and stays with the Scuderia for 2003 where he has already been on track and working hard.

Rubens Barrichello and Luciano Burti.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.
"For me the season has already started with some tyre and electronics testing at Jerez last week," he said at the Ferrari ski weekend in Madonna di Campiglio. "We had a very full programme which produced great results and we must continue to work in this direction. Tyre testing is a major challenge for a driver, as one has to be extremely precise in providing information, to allow the team to make the right choice for the race. For example, the new rules provide for only one type of wet weather tyre this year and we have to try many different solutions. There will be a lot of work to do."

Burti would obviously like to return to a race seat in the future but for the moment he prefers to be test driver with a top team where he can learn more, rather than with a smaller team: "It's no secret that every driver wants to take part in the grands prix," he admitted. "In 2001, I drove for mid-grid teams and I have to say I really enjoyed myself. One always has to consider all the options, but honestly, I prefer to be a test driver for a top team where I can learn a lot."

"My first year with Ferrari was extremely demanding. The team is very professional and the car is fantastic. This helped me to become a quicker driver who knows how to move a car's development forward. I don't know if I would have made such a step forward with a smaller team."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luciano Burti , Rubens Barrichello
Teams Ferrari