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- 25 February News
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25-Feb: Rubens Barrichello has indicated that he is satisfied with Ferrari's decisions to start the new season with last year's car as he believes that it remains very competitive. Speaking to the BBC he said "The new car is beautiful and we would have liked to have taken it to Australia, but we have not had time to fix everything on it. I've not even tested it yet. It could race in Malaysia or Brazil but we'll have to see how the old car goes in Australia and then decide.
We took this decision together and the team are very happy with it because the old car is still very competitive. It is faster than it was at Suzuka in the last race of 2001 because some improvements have been made on it."
Mark Webber believes the new Minardi will be completive
and hopes to be able to come up with a few surprises. Webber also indicated
that he'll continue his aggressive driving style and said "Normally I'm
fairly aggressive in the way I go about things so hopefully it will work for
me. Paul Stoddart got me in Formula One because he thinks I can do a
reasonable job. But obviously I want to get the car to the finish, that's the
Webber arrived in Melbourne yesterday (Sunday) with 80 members of the Minardi team and one of the PS02's as well as 2 Minardi two-seaters on board one of Paul Stoddart's European Aviation jumbos.
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23-Feb: Nick Heidfeld is confident that the new Sauber C21 is a major improvement over last year's car and said "The new Sauber Petronas C21 is the best Formula One car I have ever driven. We had a great overall result in 2001, and from the test work we have done with the new car during the winter I am confident that we have taken a significant step further forward and will have a very good chance of defending our fourth position in the World Championship for Constructors in 2002."
Jacques Villeneuve has once again described the new
car as 'a lot better' than it's predecessor and is looking forward to
Melbourne and said "It's exciting to get back into the season. After all
our testing the car feels a lot better and we have found that we can attack
the corners and carry speed into them, whereas last year that wasn't possible.
I like Melbourne a lot. The circuit is difficult to drive and quite technical
with some interesting corners. It's also quite long at over 5kms."
Heinz Harald Frentzen who replaced Jos Verstappen at Arrows believes that the new car has potential but the main concern for him is reliability and said "I’m very much looking forward to starting the new season with my new team. The whole package looks good and the team is full of very good, professional people. After only a few hundred kilometres of testing we still have a lot of sorting to do on the car but I am convinced it has potential. This is our first chance to see how competitive we’re going to be but the real test for everyone in Melbourne is reliability so I think if we can finish the race we will all be happy."
On the final day
of testing at Valencia, David Coulthard broke the lap record by half a
second and now holds the best lap times at the Valencia track for the last 3
22-Feb: Jordan launched their 2002 contender at a huge DHL aircraft hanger in Brussels in a very innovative way where the car was delivered by a DHL cargo plane and Eddie Jordan signing off on the delivery.
Describing the car as 'better all round' compared to last year's car, team boss Eddie Jordan is aiming to improve on last year's result and said "(Our aim is) To make big improvements compared with last year. When you get a taste for winning, and it's been a while now, it's like a needle in the arm. Formula 1 is like a drug and I want us to be winning again. It will not be easy as there are a lot of manufacturers involved and everyone wants results. I am much happier now going to Australia: Taku is on a very strong level, Giancarlo has already been there, the car is better, the engine is better and everything is better all round."
Takuma Sato who debuts this season in Formula 1 feels good about the new car and said "I have a very good feeling about it. Everything is new, chassis, monocoque and engine, so we did have some initial problems in testing, which is typical with a new car. But now we have sorted them. The car's downforce level seems much higher than on EJ11."
Jordan have a new title sponsor in DHL who replace Benson and Hedges.
22-Feb: Minardi launched
their 2002 contender, the PS02 at the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur today.
The new car is significantly different from the PS01. The new car is powered
by the new Asiatech AT02 replacing the 'customer' Ford engines used last year.
This engine is more powerful and more compact than its predecessor.
Malaysian Alex Yoong and Australian Mark Webber will drive
the new car this season.