Ferrari Confirm F2003-GA for Spanish GP

World Champions Ferrari confirmed today that they will use their new F2003-GA car at next weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in a bid to continue their return to winning form.

Ferrari Confirm F2003-GA for Spanish GP

World Champions Ferrari confirmed today that they will use their new F2003-GA car at next weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in a bid to continue their return to winning form.

Both World Champion Michael Schumacher and teammate Rubens Barrichello will use the new machine at the race in Barcelona after it successfully completed the team's required reliability tests this week.

"We have decided to take it to Spain," team spokesman Luca Colajanni told Atlas F1. "It has had no problems during testing this week so we are confident we can debut it in Barcelona."

The team dropped plans to introduce the car at last weekend's San Marino Grand Prix because they were concerned that it would not last the distance after it suffered several mechanical problems during testing.

It broke down twice in the build up to the Imola race and, after test driver Luca Badoer suffered two major crashes in it during previous tests, they decided to give it a longer preparation time.

Schumacher won the race in San Marino with the old F2002 car, proving the team did not need to introduce the car so soon, but with McLaren-Mercedes winning two of the opening four races they were under pressure to debut the F2003-GA.

Ferrari currently sit second in the Constructors' Championship on 32 points, 19 points behind McLaren-Mercedes, while Schumacher and Barrichello are third and fifth in the race for the drivers' title.

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