Ferrari will start the new season with last year's F2004 and Michael Schumacher does not think the 'old' car will be a disadvantage. The Italian squad has commenced its seasons with previous models before and has secured the championship for the...
Ferrari will start the new season with last year's F2004 and Michael Schumacher does not think the 'old' car will be a disadvantage. The Italian squad has commenced its seasons with previous models before and has secured the championship for the last five years. Obviously using an older car to start with is no problem.
"We've been doing that before and it's never proven to be a disadvantage," Schumacher said in regard to starting the season with the old car. "We have such a good car with the F2004, it's the championship winning car after all. On the contrary, considering all the new rules, I think it's good that we can fall back on something that's proven to be so reliable."
Schumacher doesn't think that the new rules will make it any harder for the team. "Everyone will have to get accustomed to the new conditions," he said. "I think that an experienced, well functioning and successful team like ours will be able to adjust to the new circumstances better. We're all set to fight for the title again this year -- and we can hardly wait to start."
"I already got a little taste of (the new rules) when I drove the last test at Jerez with the configurations for 2005 -- it all seemed extremely slow in the beginning. It will be a different Formula One, and everyone will have to adjust to it. Right now, I would say that the cars will be two, or more likely, three seconds slower per lap. So it will be different, but it will also be interesting."
Wroom, Ferrari's winter event at Madonna di Campiglio which traditionally heralds the new season for the team, will be held next week and after that Schumacher will be back to work on the test track. "The week after that I suppose I'll finally take a Formula One car for a spin around the track again," he commented.