No rush for new Ferrari

Despite his lowly fourth place finish in the Australian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher insists that Ferrari will not be rushing to get the F2003-GA into competition. Ferrari chose to start this season with last year's chassis and Schumacher is ...

Despite his lowly fourth place finish in the Australian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher insists that Ferrari will not be rushing to get the F2003-GA into competition. Ferrari chose to start this season with last year's chassis and Schumacher is confident of its abilities; the new car will not be used until the team is 100% sure its ready.

"This result does not mean the new car will come earlier," said the current champion. "If the circumstances hadn't been so unlucky for me I think I would have had a realistic chance to win."

"I am a bit disappointed but we have five points and have an old car in which we could have won so we can have good hope for the next few races. We know the 2002 car is reliable and competitive so I am not too concerned. Our new car is coming but only when we know it's reliable and we will only know that when we have done enough testing."

The season opener at Albert Park was the first time that there was no Ferrari on the podium since September 1999 -- 53 races in all. Rubens Barrichello crashed out after only 6 laps while Schumacher could not get past Kimi Raikkonen. An unexpected result for Ferrari but one that many were happy to see.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Ferrari