Ferrari F2003-GA confirmed for Spain 26 Apr 2003
Ferrari has confirmed that the eagerly awaited new F2003-GA will make its debut for next week's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. The car had previously been expected to appear in time for the San Marino race, but worries over reliability saw its introduction pushed back.
"We are happy to have overcome the running-in problems which prevented us giving it its debut in Imola," explained Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn, "now we are ready to use it in a race. This week's testing went very well and I am as confident as one can be when running a new car."
Rival teams are unlikely to welcome the arrival of the F2003-GA, which has - according to Ferrari - already demonstrated considerable performance improvement over the massively successful F2002, the same car that took Michael Schumacher to his emotional victory in San Marino.
"The F2002 was a fantastic car, but it had reached the end of its development cycle," says Brawn, "the new machine has already proved itself to be quicker and we have some further improvements in mind for the rest of the season."
Test-driver Luca Badoer has completed three Grand Prix distances during the Mugello test without facing any technical problems, the team is confident enough to let the new 052 engine face the test of a race weekend.
The 'GA' refers to Gianni Agnelli, the Ferrari being named in honour of the patriarch of the Fiat industrial group, who died earlier this year.