Ferrari today launched the F2002, but there remained some doubt as to whether the new car will be on the grid in Melbourne on March 3rd for the first race of the season. Technical Director Ross Brawn admitted there had been delays to the...
Ferrari today launched the F2002, but there remained some doubt as to whether the new car will be on the grid in Melbourne on March 3rd for the first race of the season. Technical Director Ross Brawn admitted there had been delays to the production of the F2002; they could have launched the car earlier but decided to continue with the development programme as the team had the back-up of the F2001 to use in Melbourne if they so wished.
"This year was unique in that we could race our previous year’s car, a car that didn’t do too badly," Brawn said. "Because this was a year when we could run the old car, we decided to prolong the development to ensure we made an appreciable step in performance. This has resulted in a shorter period of testing before the first race. We will use the next 20 days to run the car at Fiorano and Mugello and then make our decision based on the normal parameters of performance and reliability."
He added that the old model, although a useful fall back, would only have temporary use, if at all: "The old car will not remain competitive forever. It may be the choice for the first few races but not for the season. Everything tells us that the new car is significantly quicker then the old car which is why we built it. It is lighter, has a lower centre of gravity and more engine power."
Team Principal Jean Todt said the decision whether to race the new model will be taken after testing: "Now we will see how it is on the track and then decide." He commented.