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Montezemolo confident for 2003 but not complacent 03 Mar 2003

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari, right, explains to the world's media how he slowed down under team orders to allow Michael Schumacher (GER), left, through to win in the last few metres of the race. After the booing and whistling by the crowd on the podium, Schumacher wishes he was somewhere else.
Austrian Grand Prix, Rd6, A1-Ring, Austria., 13 May 2002

Speaking at the launch of the new Ferrari F2003-GA in Maranello early in February, team President, Luca di Montezemolo, said that Ferrari is as hungry as ever for victory, but would not be complacent after its runaway success of 2002.

"We stand here today as if we have won nothing," he said. "It is a new season, the slate is clean and we go forward with humility and determination. We take nothing for granted."

Despite this, everyone knows that optimism at Maranello has never been higher. The Ferrari F2002 was the clear class of the 2002 field, and already they know that the F2003 is better still.

"We know that it will be a fierce battle this season," Montezemolo continued, "but our goal is again to win the world manufacturers' and drivers' titles".

Sporting director Jean Todt confirmed that Michael Schumacher will never drive for another Formula One team. "As long as he wants he will drive for Ferrari and we are proud to have him, he said.

Montezemolo explained that the new car has the suffix GA in honour of Fiat patriarch Gianni Agnelli, who died earlier this year. Montezemolo described Agnelli as his mentor.