Ferrari delays new car debut

Ferrari is delaying the introduction of the F2003-GA until the Spanish Grand Prix in order to iron out a few glitches. Originally the car was to debut at the San Marino GP next weekend but now it won't take to competition until Spain on the 4th of...

Ferrari is delaying the introduction of the F2003-GA until the Spanish Grand Prix in order to iron out a few glitches. Originally the car was to debut at the San Marino GP next weekend but now it won't take to competition until Spain on the 4th of May.

“We know that the F2002 is still very competitive, as demonstrated in the first three races of this season,” said team principal Jean Todt. “The F2003-GA represents a step forward compared to the car which won the titles last year, but still has some “running-in” problems. Our aim now, is to give it its race debut in the Spanish Grand Prix."

"There is no need to take unnecessary risks, especially as the F2002 is capable of winning. And that is exactly our aim and the spirit in which we prepare to race in front of our fans at Imola.”

The F2002 is undoubtedly on the pace but so far this season Ferrari has failed to win a race. In Australia Michael Schumacher finished fourth while Rubens Barrichello spun off. Barrichello scored Ferrari's only podium in Malaysia with second, Schumacher a lowly sixth and neither of the finished the race in Brazil.

Ferrari has made light of its unsettled start to 2003 and will not be rushed into getting the F2003-GA into action: "When the new car is ready we will use it," said Schumacher after Brazil. "Even if it would not have changed the result at Interlagos."

McLaren's MP4-18 is also scheduled to make its first appearance at the Spanish GP, although the team are doing just fine with the interim chassis, two race wins so far. It would have been three from three if the FIA hadn't overturned the original Brazil result in favour of Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Jordan