F2003-GA will compete in Spain

After weeks of anticipation the Ferrari F2003-GA will make its debut performance at the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend. Successful tests of the new car at Mugello and Fiorano this week, with Rubens Barrichello and testers Luca Badoer and Felipe...

After weeks of anticipation the Ferrari F2003-GA will make its debut performance at the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend. Successful tests of the new car at Mugello and Fiorano this week, with Rubens Barrichello and testers Luca Badoer and Felipe Massa behind the wheel, has given the Scuderia enough information to confirm the F2003-GA will hit the track at the Circuit de Catalunya.

"We are happy to have overcome the running-in problems which prevented us giving it its debut in Imola," said technical director, Ross Brawn. "Now we are ready to use it in a race."

"This week's testing went very well and I am as confident as one can be when running a new car. The F2002 was a fantastic car, but it has reached the end of its development cycle. The new machine has already shown itself to be quicker and we have some further improvements in mind for the rest of the season."

Paolo Martinelli, director of engineering added: "We have signed off the 052 engine in reliability terms, having successfully completed all the tests, both on the bench and the track,"

"Badoer has completed three Grand Prix distance simulations at Mugello, without experiencing any technical problems. Now, the new engine is ready to face a race weekend and we are already working on further evolutionary steps for later in the year."

Now the anticipation begins; gloves off -- McLaren and Williams, gentlemen, take your corners…..

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luca Badoer , Rubens Barrichello , Ross Brawn , Felipe Massa , Paolo Martinelli
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams