Schumacher wants debut victory with F2003-GA

Schumacher wants debut victory with F2003-GA

After his first win of 2003 at the San Marino Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher is looking forward to Spain with confidence. "Getting back to winning ways really is a positive thing, even more so because we won in front of our own fans," said the ...

After his first win of 2003 at the San Marino Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher is looking forward to Spain with confidence. "Getting back to winning ways really is a positive thing, even more so because we won in front of our own fans," said the current champion. "The win showed that Ferrari is not in crisis and also means that we can look ahead to the next race with confidence."

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
The new F2003-GA takes over from the F2002 at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend and there is much anticipation to see its performance. Ferrari is happy with the reliability of the new chassis after delaying the debut for additional testing.

"We are all eager to see how the F2003-GA does on its debut," said Schumacher. "I think it was right to wait until Spain to go with the new car because we had to build up more data and gather crucial statistics. This always helps, though we can rest assured of the strong points of the new Ferrari."

While drivers can be over familiar with the Circuit de Catalunya due to the amount of testing done at the track, there are still the variables of weather to cope with and teams need to find a good set up.

"At Imola I had the impression that we could repeat last year's trend: that our form could take off with the start of the European races," Michael explained. "So I feel positive going into Barcelona, even more so because we have done lots of tyre tests on the circuit."

"Usually at Montmel? it is important to find a balanced set up, seeing as there are both slow and fast curves. It is not always easy to do because the wind can play a part, and sometimes it is quite strong."

Schumacher has set his sights on nothing less than a win in Spain with the new car. "It will be a good challenge for the F2003-GA, which is a fantastic car. My aim is to match the performance of the F2002 the first time out: that is, a victory."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari