As other teams are scratching their heads and trying to find more performance for the next event, Ferrari is optimistic for another good race in Malaysia. However, the scarlet team is cautious about the possibility of enjoying the same dominance...
As other teams are scratching their heads and trying to find more performance for the next event, Ferrari is optimistic for another good race in Malaysia. However, the scarlet team is cautious about the possibility of enjoying the same dominance as it enjoyed in Melbourne.
Ferrari boss Jean Todt was not unduly surprised with Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello's winning form last weekend, but is not drawing any conclusions from the performance of rivals.
"I must say that we were expecting to have a very good potential in Australia, because we knew the car had good potential in testing at Fiorano, Mugello, Imola," said Todt.
"I don't think we should make final conclusions, because we know this game very well. In two weeks time, we can be facing a very different situation but after this race, nothing must be taken for granted. But we must still be pleased about what has happened, and we must be looking forward to what will happen in the future."
Australian GP winner Schumacher concurs with the boss: "The Melbourne circuit favoured us; we've always had great results here," said the reigning champion. "Also, our competitors didn't race as well as they usually do, but this didn't do as any harm."
"We shouldn't read too much into this result," he added. "After only one race is impossible to judge with certainty the relative strengths of each team."
Malaysia is where Schumacher expects to get a better idea of how Ferrari stands in relation to rivals. "Malaysia is a sort of reference point for getting an early understanding of the stage of your development," he commented. "Over the past few years we've had some difficulties, will see how it goes this time."
Some have said Ferrari could suffer in the heat of Malaysia, as the high temperatures usually suit the Michelin runners better, but Todt sees no reason why the team won't be competitive. "We will be strong in Malaysia. Whether we will be stronger, we will see, that's another thing, but there is no reason why we should not be strong in Malaysia."