Schumacher praises Ferrari achievement

Schumacher praises Ferrari achievement

Michael Schumacher cannot praise Ferrari highly enough for the F2003-GA and thinks the car is stunning and a joy to drive. Schumacher triumphed at the Spanish Grand Prix with the new chassis on its debut outing and team-mate Rubens Barrichello was...

Michael Schumacher cannot praise Ferrari highly enough for the F2003-GA and thinks the car is stunning and a joy to drive. Schumacher triumphed at the Spanish Grand Prix with the new chassis on its debut outing and team-mate Rubens Barrichello was third. Naturally Ferrari benefited from McLaren's disastrous weekend, with neither Kimi Raikkonen nor David Coulthard finishing the race.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Raikkonen barely even started, crashing into the back of Antonio Pizzonia's Jaguar at the start and Coulthard tangling with first Jarno Trulli and then Jenson Button to finish his race in a gravel trap.

"The race basically went in our favour," said Schumacher. "We don't want to seem unkind in saying it but McLaren's bad luck benefited us. Kimi's starting from the back of the grid was already a good thing because at Barcelona I had to make up as many points as possible."

"When I heard what had happened at the start, I immediately thought about the new placings in the overall classification, Coulthard then retiring also allowed us to climb some places in the constructors' championship. Now the championship is wide open once again."

In the post-race press conference Schumacher declared himself 'in love' with the F2003-GA and is still very happy that the car proved itself in competition: "Our new single-seater is not only stunning; it is also a joy to drive," he said.

"I had this impression during the tests and now it has been confirmed in a race. It is incredible what they have managed to achieve at Maranello, fine tuning each tiny detail of what was already a practically perfect car. I can only compliment Ferrari!"

Ferrari resume testing this week in preparation for Austria; Felipe Massa will run an F2002 chassis at Monza from today until Thursday and Barrichello will test at Fiorano today and tomorrow. Thursday and Friday Barrichello and Schumacher will continue at Mugello while Massa will finish at Fiorano on Saturday.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Antonio Pizzonia , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , McLaren