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Drivers generally happy with 'gizmo' extension 05 Apr 2003

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari during qualifying.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos, Brazil, 4 April 2003

Most of the Formula One drivers have welcomed the FIA's recent decision to keep the electronic 'gizmos' until the end of the 2003 season. Originally the plan had been to ban them from the British Grand Prix in July onwards.

Michael Schumacher admitted that he was not looking forward to the ban, while Melbourne winner David Coulthard said: "Ultimately it is the same for everyone, whatever the rules are. We actually did a test without the driver aids and were pleasantly surprised by the performance of the car and the engine. I understand that the purists think it is not good for the drivers to get assistance when you are behind the wheel but the reality is that it makes you push harder in other areas. You can know your entry into the corners, the way you carry the speed through the apex. I think you can be faster and more effective than in the past. So it moves the way in which you drive, so with or without them you will have the same guys at front, but you would maybe just see a few more incidents."

Juan Pablo Montoya said he isn't really bothered either way. "I don't mind. I think it is a good thing to take them off over the winter because you get more time to work with the car."