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Why did Ferrari opt for one F2002
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Ferrari decided to take one F2002 car to Brazil and allocated it to Michael Schumacher. They will be taking three F2001 cars, a spare for Michael and a race and a spare for Rubens.
decision seems unusual, the new car seems very fast in testing and if it
is reliable then why not race both ? Barrichello can't be a happy chap
We'd like to hear from you on what you think the reasoning behind this is ? - Have Your Say (What others are saying)
Doesn't matter what car Barrichello is driving. he just can't win. I feel sorry for the guy, he's just a nice guy, I wish the best for him - Daniel - Uruguay
Michael is better suited in the F2002 for overall performance as BMW have the power for 1-2 finish. If they were playing it safe Barrichello would have the f2002 - Steve - Australia
I completely agree with the Ferrari team decision. On one hand Michael will drive a car that has never been on a tropical track, never in a high altitude and never was challenged by such pressure from opponents. On the other hand, we have Ruben driving with a consistent, strong and reliable car, which will enable him to score points no matter what position he ends up in. Don't forget that Ruben has not scored points yet. He must do it at home. As for Michael, he can certainly handle the pressure. (It's not easy to be Michael!) - Daniel B - Uruguay
It really makes no difference for Rubens. The F202 car,
although much improved, and allegedly a better car, is not tested in a real
race and is a risky proposition for the Champ to drive the car now. Rubens
will defeat the others as long as his strategy and car hold together. It will
be important for Ferrari to insure Ruben's car is in top condition.
Ferrari has no choice but to use the new car. If Malaysia was an indication of Williams performance, Ferrari has to be quicker, have to develop the F2002 in race conditions to stay close to BMW as they develop their car, and have to now play catch up in the Mft. points race. They really should bring 1 for Rubens also. We really don't know what the new McLaren will do as it really has not shown itself, but we know that Williams/BMW are a force to be reckoned with,,,now! - Nova - USA
Firstly let me state why about this topic, and then I would
give my reasoning.
Ferrari seemed to have made a strategic decision during the
off-season that they will race the F2001 for the first three races of the year
because there were so little rule changes. They in fact developed the old car
to a great extent. But the 1-2 finish by Williams at Malaysia seems to have
shaken them. They don't want to lag behind development of their 2002 car and
play a catch up the entire year! They now want to get the F2002 to race as
soon as possible, so I would assume they have taken the first step to
introduce the new car without any risk. Why no risk? Because if you remove the
F2002 they still have 3 F2001's which is what I think they had in the previous
It would appear, on the face of it, to be the threat that
Williams/Michelin pose. The F2002 needs race mileage and has clearly been
quicker in testing than the F2001. If Ferrari didn't think it would perform
they wouldn't have taken it, and anyhow if there is any doubt once they get to
Brazil then they can always switch to the old car.
Call the current F2001 an F2001.5, and since Ferrari has not made things very clear, We can safely assume that they really want to see the Results on the Track, not just at Valencia, considering that the tests will not give a good relative performance. And probably they are willing to take the risk of failing to finish in the race, but that give a much more valuable data for the coming races. And considering that Rubens only had few days of testing, and Mike is anytime better in a new machine, its the best strategy to have him driving F2002. I think Ferrari is moving in the right direction - GOP - The Netherlands
Remember folks, Ferrari is the most professional team in F1,
so only 1 car is ready, Michael wants it, he will get pole, he will ,barring
incident or mechanical failure will win the race in it.
Difficult to call this one! Obviously MS calls the shots as
to which car he wants. I'm sure if he thought the F2001 was better for Brazil,
Rubens would have had to race the F2002, if it was purely a Ferrari
Definitely a calculated risk. I agree wholeheartedly with
Geoff in everything he says. I would just like to add that in taking both
cars, better assessments can be made from a comparative point of view and lets
face it, at some stage F2002 will have to race. Lucky for Ferrari to be in a
position where F2001 is still competitive and can still play a vital
I'm somewhat confused by Ferrari's decision to take only one
F-2002 to Brazil. Even if the idea is to get MS on the pole and then race the
F-2001, I don't think he can stay in front of both the Williams cars, unless
they take each other out.
It would have been fascinating to be privy to the conversation when this decision (for Michael to use the F2002) was taken. Michael obviously made the call. Rubens would not have had a say. I suspect that the �positive reports� from the technicians had a few riders regarding reliability and Michael has opted for this outcome. The F2002 is faster; there is no question of that. What odds on a blinding qualifying lap using chassis number 220 in pure qualifying set-up, followed by a race using the F2001, with MS on pole? Rubens has had his chances for a higher grid position sacrificed to provide set-up data from his car for Michael - Geoff H - Australia.
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