Ferrari up the ante 04 Aug 2004
Despite taking victory in 11 of the first 12 Grands Prix this season the Ferrari team is determined not to
become complacent, with Technical Director Ross Brawn promising an even more competitive car for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Some hope however is offered for Ferrari's rivals though, with Brawn indicating that it is unlikely there will be further changes to the F2004's chassis.
"We should have another step [development stage] on the tyres, but the chassis is probably frozen for the rest of the season," he confirmed.
"There are small bits on the engine but most of the performance gain for the rest of the year will come from work we are doing with the tyres".
Ferrari has been forced to take notice of an increasingly serious challenge in recent races. In Germany, Kimi Raikkonen seemed capable of matching Michael Schumacher's early race pace, until the Finn's McLaren crashed out in spectacular style with a rear wing failure. Jenson Button then became the star of the show, taking his BAR from 13th on the grid (following a 10-position penalty for an engine change) all the way to second at the flag. Without the engine change penalty, BAR is confident that Button would have been fighting for victory. Maranello knows that it will have to work harder to maintain its current dominance of the sport.