Reliability is the key says Todt

After Technical Director Ross Brawn had faced the media in today's FIA press conference, it was the turn of Gestione Sportiva Managing Director, Jean Todt, to answer questions at the team motorhome. Yet again, F2003-GA was top of the...

After Technical Director Ross Brawn had faced the media in today's FIA press conference, it was the turn of Gestione Sportiva Managing Director, Jean Todt, to answer questions at the team motorhome. Yet again, F2003-GA was top of the agenda.

"The F2003-GA is making its race debut at the fifth race of the season, as we had to be sure it met our high criteria in terms of reliability," said the Frenchman. "We always considered F2002 to be good enough to win races, but circumstances meant we were not able to prove it until the fourth race."

Michael Schumacher in the new Ferrari F2003-GA.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.
Todt appeared amused at the level of interest in the new machine. "Every Grand Prix needs its talking point and naturally here, it is our new car," he conceded. "However, we have been working with it for a long time now." Todt went on to pay tribute to the work of the test team.

"We knew the F2003-GA had a better potential in terms of performance, but I repeat that reliability is the key, even more so than usual this season. I must pay tribute to Luca Badoer, who did so many kilometres of testing, especially last week when he did a race distance on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On top of those reliability runs we also tested every other aspect of the car with no major problems. But of course, racing is another matter."

Asked if he felt the arrival of the new car would see the Scuderia return to last year's dominant form, Todt explained it was impossible to predict. "We know its performance is superior to last year's, but results do not just depend on this. They depend on the other car-tyre packages, the different regulations and the different points distribution."

On the subject of the new rules, Todt cleared up the misconception that the late arrival of F2003-GA in some ways means the team could adapt it better to dealing with the many changes to the way a grand prix weekend is run.

"You must understand that the design of this car started almost one year ago," he said. "So, there is nothing on the car designed specifically to cope with the new rules as they were only fixed in mid-January of this year. However, Todt did concede that in an ideal world, several parameters of the car would have been different to adjust to the changes in the regulations."

Finally, one quick question and an even quicker answer: If the F2002 is capable of winning races, why introduce the F2003-GA. Answer: "Why keep a quicker car locked in the garage?"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Ross Brawn
Teams Ferrari