Ferrari plans three-seater

Lucky fans could be offered the chance of a lifetime to join Michael Schumacher in the cockpit of a Formula 1 Ferrari later this year, with the world champion team currently building its own three-seater car

Ferrari plans three-seater

The Maranello-based outfit has followed the example set by Arrows in 2002 of building a special three-seater car that will allow invited guests the chance to get closer than ever to the action. A team spokesman has confirmed to autosport.com that the machine, used entirely for promotional purposes, should be ready this spring.

Speaking exclusively to Autosport's sister publication Autocar this week, Ferrari's sporting director Jean Todt confirmed that the team wanted to build a three-seater passenger car because the more traditional two-seater models offered limited visibility.

"We are working on a three-seater F1 car," said Todt. "In a two-seater F1 car...you are blind, looking at a wall."

Schumacher himself is no stranger to having offered passenger rides in the past - most famously hiring some of Minardi boss Paul Stoddart's two-seater cars for rides around the team's Fiorano test track in 2003. He drove his wife Corinna, Todt, chief designer Rory Byrne and Stoddart himself.

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