There has been much discussion in regard to which of the teams will challenge Ferrari this season and Rubens Barrichello thinks Renault could be one to watch. Speaking at the launch of the new F2005 at Maranello, Barrichello said only when F1...
There has been much discussion in regard to which of the teams will challenge Ferrari this season and Rubens Barrichello thinks Renault could be one to watch. Speaking at the launch of the new F2005 at Maranello, Barrichello said only when F1 kicks off at Melbourne will Ferrari find out what the pecking order is.
"That is when we will see where we stand and in what areas we need to improve, if indeed we need to improve," said the Brazilian, adding that Renault had put in some good performances over the winter. "From what we have seen in winter testing, they are quick over a single lap and also quick over a long distance."
Michael Schumacher, however, seems more concerned about his teammate than anyone else. "For me, my most feared rival is him," said the seven-time champion, indicating Barrichello.
Along with the new regulations is a new qualifying format this year, with the first session taking place on Saturday and the second on Sunday morning. "It is just something else for us to adapt to," Barrichello commented on the new timetable. "I will enjoy the challenge of having to put in a quick lap the very first time I go out on track on Sunday morning."
"In practical terms, it just means we will be a bit busier and have less chance to relax a bit before the race. My main hope is that the new format is interesting and easy to understand for the spectators. We will have to learn the best way of getting the most out of the Bridgestone tyres during qualifying."
As for the F2005, which won't race until the season arrives in Europe, Barrichello remarked: "I watched it being assembled. At this stage, I cannot pick out one special element on it, but overall it was a great feeling seeing the new car come together, knowing all the work that has gone into producing it."
Naturally the drivers would rather have the F2005 at the start of the season but Schumacher believes the decision to start with an interim chassis is the right one. "Of course, I would have liked to have the new car immediately," said the German.
"Maybe it means we have slightly less chance to win, but with 19 races this will be a long season. We have taken a decision that is a compromise, but I think many of the other teams would like to have our compromise! We are well prepared."