Todt praises great team

"This is the car that will compete in the Formula 1 championship this year, the F2004. It is a car that combines years of Ferrari F1 experience and success and is the fruit of the excellence of the technical group supervised by Ross Brawn and the...

"This is the car that will compete in the Formula 1 championship this year, the F2004. It is a car that combines years of Ferrari F1 experience and success and is the fruit of the excellence of the technical group supervised by Ross Brawn and the project head, Rory Byrne."

This was how the General Director of the Gestione Sportiva, Jean Todt, introduced to the newly-revealed F2004.

Jean Todt presents the new Ferrari F2004.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.
"A short while ago I was with the President and the drivers discussing our objectives for the coming season and the feeling during our conversation was one of great impatience, a real desire to do well," revealed Todt.

"It's like starting from zero all over again, as if we have forgotten the five consecutive Constructors' titles we have won since 1999 - a record in automobile history -and the four consecutive Drivers' championships collected since 2000 by Michael Schumacher, allowing him to become the most successful driver in F1 history. This says everything about our motivation."

Todt went on to underline how important the partners and sponsors were to Ferrari: "Bridgestone, Shell, the contribution of the Group head, Fiat, with its research centre and Magneti Marelli, Alenia Aeronautica and all the other partners are fundamental," stressed Todt.

"This single-seater is the result of the important contributions of long term sponsors like Philip Morris, Vodafone and others like AMD and Olympus. Thanks to them we have achieved extraordinary results in the past and thanks to them we have great expectations for 2004."

"This year we will have eighteen Grands Prix including the two new ones (Barhain and Cina) and the return of Spa," explained Todt. "The competition will be tough because they can't put up with Ferrari always being ahead of the pack any longer. We have a strong squad, a winning one. Stability is our strong point."

"Luca Badoer has been at Ferrari for seven years and his role as a test driver is a difficult but crucial one. Rubens, after five years with us, has recently signed until 2006. Michael is in his ninth year at Maranello. He has won four Drivers' crowns and is also contracted to stay until 2006. The whole team is well drilled and extremely motivated, so there is not much left to say but: Forza Ferrari!"

-ferrari-

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