Ferrari take F2001 to Malaysia

World Champions Ferrari will use the older F2001 for a second time in the new season when they take the car to Malaysia. Michael Schumacher won the Australian Grand Prix a convincing 18 seconds ahead of Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya and the team...

World Champions Ferrari will use the older F2001 for a second time in the new season when they take the car to Malaysia. Michael Schumacher won the Australian Grand Prix a convincing 18 seconds ahead of Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya and the team are satisfied the car is competitve. Ferrari have won the Malaysian Grand Prix every time since the Sepang circuit joined the race calander, with Eddie Irvine in 1999 and Michael Schumacher in 2000 and 2001.

The F2002 is still being developed and despite encouraging progress the team would rather stick with the tried and tested older car at the moment.

Team Principal, Jean Todt, said: "The development programme for the F2002 is progressing well. Luca Badoer's work in Mugello is producing good signs and on Thursday, we did a race simulation."

"Having said that, it is clear that the F2001 proved it was competitive in the Australian Grand Prix and that can also be the case in Malaysia, where we will presumably encounter different weather conditions. In the meantime, we will continue to work on the F2002, with the aim of racing with it as soon as possible."

Luciano Burti will test the F2001 at Fiorano at the end of this week, working mainly on tyres, while Luca Badoer will be in Mugello with the F2002.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams