Todt: Don't Underestimate Ferrari

Jean Todt said on Friday he believes Ferrari will bounce back from their disappointment in Melbourne and not only succeed in Sepang, but go on to enjoy another excellent year

Todt: Don't Underestimate Ferrari

The champions' general manager, architect of their six years of domination of Formula One, said there was no way in which the Scuderia would ever accept defeat.

"It is part of our lives to fight on, to win," he said. "We are working for Ferrari, which is a big team, a big honour and we have a big responsibility. So, we must deliver. And, of course, we like to deliver. We have a very good group of people, very strong, all working very well together.

"I would say that we are still a very strong team. We are motivated and we are not to be under-estimated. On top of that, we like Malaysia, we've always been very successful here and we'll be looking forward to doing it again."

Ferrari have reeled off four wins in the previous six Malaysian Grands Prix and Todt added: "I know that other teams are strong, too, definitely. But you know every Ferrari has always been able to rise to this challenge here at this time. I see no reason why we cannot do so again.

"But, having said that, I think we need to see three or four more Grands Prix this year before any conclusions should be drawn."

World Champion Michael Schumacher is understood to be very keen to get his hands on the new F2005 machine as soon as possible after a disappointing start to his season in Australia.

He crashed out of the race in Melbourne but Todt insists the German, who has now won an unprecedented seven world titles in his career, remains as motivated as ever to stay ahead of the game.

"He is still very motivated," said Todt. "He has a great passion for racing. He will drive on for as long as he wants. It is for him to decide when he wants to stop, not Ferrari. I am sure that as long as he wants to drive, Ferrari will be happy to have him. He is the best."

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