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Barrichello: better times ahead 11 Apr 2005

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 7-8 April 2005. World © McNeil/Sutton

Rubens Barrichello is confident that Ferrari can put in a far stronger showing at the forthcoming San Marino Grand Prix following further tests with the new F2005 at Barcelona last week.

Barrichello is currently Ferrari’s leading point scorer thanks to his second place at the season opener in Melbourne. Since then, though, the team have struggled in the heat of Malaysia and Bahrain, with the latter playing host to a fruitless debut for the F2005.

However, with much cooler temperatures awaiting them at Imola, and with a successful week of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya under their belt, Barrichello believes the package of Ferrari car and Bridgestone tyres is now coming together nicely.

“I had a good test in Barcelona and was able to do a lot of laps and understand the car much better and I feel we are going to be pretty much okay from now on,” said the Brazilian. “I did around 550 kilometres on the day which I think might be a record in terms of the biggest distance I have driven in one day’s testing.”

The three-week break between Bahrain and San Marino has come at just the right time for Ferrari, allowing them more time to develop the new car before its first outing in front of home fans. The team have an intensive test schedule planned for this week at Mugello and Fiorano, with Barrichello due to drive at both circuits over a total of four days.

“Now, we still have more time before going to race in Imola and everyone in the team is making an even bigger effort than usual to be prepared,” he added. “We know what we have to do and we want to do well.

“Nothing has changed within the team from all those years when we won the championship. The only difference is that other teams have improved. Now it is up to us to get our act together and we know how to do that.”

As for his and the team’s prospects for the San Marino race, Barrichello believes they will fight back from their poor start to the season, despite the tough opposition.

“Renault and Toyota are doing very well at the moment, but I think that with our new car and the usual support from Bridgestone, we can do well," he proclaimed. "Now, everything is falling into place.”

Ferrari have not lost at Imola since 2001, when Barrichello came home third behind the Williams of Ralf Schumacher and the McLaren of David Coulthard.