Barrichello bids fond farewell to F2002 27 Apr 2003
The arrival of the all-new F2003-GA for the Spanish Grand Prix means the retirement of the F2002, one of the most successful cars in racing history, having taken its last victory in Imola just last week.
"I feel so glad to have driven a car like the F2002," said Ferrari pilot Rubens Barrichello, "It was a fantastic car to drive and gave me my best moments yet in Formula One ... Cars are just cars, but I have a special feeling for this one. I won't go so far as to cry over it, but I would thank the team for giving me the F2002 to drive."
The F2002 will undoubtedly be remembered as the car of 2002, dominating the season and powering Ferrari to both Drivers' and Constructors' titles with seemingly effortless ease. Devastatingly fast and famously reliable, Barrichello suffered one of the car's rare failures in this year's Brazilian race, an electronic shutdown forcing him to retire from the lead.
The F2003-GA has already taken the lap record at Ferrari's Maranello test track and is described by the team as being a substantial improvement over the F2002 in all areas. Barrichello and Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer both tested the new car last week.
"It seems the engineers have sorted out the small problems we had before," reported the Brazilian, "I am optimistic for the next race."