Teams count the cost of Melbourne shunt

After launching skywards off the back of Rubens Barrichello's Ferrari at the first corner in Melbourne, substantial damage was done to Ralf Schumacher's Williams -- not to mention the cars of several other teams in the ensuing pile up. Williams...

After launching skywards off the back of Rubens Barrichello's Ferrari at the first corner in Melbourne, substantial damage was done to Ralf Schumacher's Williams -- not to mention the cars of several other teams in the ensuing pile up. Williams have been working hard to make repairs and Schumacher will use the same car next weekend in Malaysia.

The undertray, nose, front wing and diffuser were all thought to have been damaged in the crash, along with two of the car's impact structures. All components have been repaired or replaced and although no figures have been released as to the cost of the damage, it's thought to be high. Along with the crumpled Ferrari of Barrichello, Jordan, Sauber, Toyota, BAR and Renault all had at least one car involved in the incident and will be counting the cost of an expensive first race.

Both Saubers were significantly damaged -- Technical Director Willy Rampf flew to the team's base in Switzerland to supervise production of new components while most of the rest of the team headed for Malaysia to do PR work for sponsor Petronas. The cars needed new parts including suspension, radiators and wings and Rampf estimated the cost at around E600,000.

Sauber boss Peter Sauber commented that although it was a shame to lose both cars from the race, none of their mid-field rivals had gained advantage: "Obviously it is disappointing to lose two cars at the start of a race in which we should have scored points easily," he said. "On the other hand, none of our direct rivals for the fight for fourth place in the World Championship gained any benefit either."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Peter Sauber
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , Williams , Jordan