After a disastrous start to the season, Ferrari is ready to bring out the new F2003-GA at the next race at Imola this month. Will it make a difference?

After a disastrous start to the season, Ferrari is ready to bring out the new F2003-GA at the next race at Imola this month. Will it make a difference?

Team boss Jean Todt said this week it was time to bring out the new car. "Barring unforeseen disasters, we'll see the F2003-GA at Imola."

The F2003 is supposed to be faster than the F2002. However, Ferrari has had a few problems with the car during testing. Test driver Luca Badoer crashed it twice in accidents caused by mechanical problems.

Michael Schumacher said he had faith in the new f1 car. "On Wednesday and Thursday we'll both be at Mugello to check the state of health of the F2003-GA. There are still 13 races to go, our challenge remains intact and we shouldn't be too worried about the difference in the classification between us and McLaren.

"We're only at the beginning. So far the others have made big steps forward. Soon it'll be our turn."

McLaren boss Ron Dennis echoed his sentiments. He said he expected Ferrari to back with a bang at Imola. "Obviously it's great that we won the first three but we're under no illusions. Ferrari is a very formidable competitor.

"I'm not a great supporter of statistics, you can make them virtually say anything you want but reality is that it's a good way to start. But there's a hell of a long way to go yet.

"I think title talk is premature, very premature. This race didn't really reflect anything other than the weather conditions and the single-lap qualifying and the way that it works."