Ferrari eyes Malaysian Grand Prix

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

The Malaysian Grand Prix on March 21 will offer Ferrari a chance to continue their dominant start to the 2004 Formula One season.

Ferrari eyes Malaysian Grand Prix

Sepang:

The Malaysian Grand Prix on March 21 will offer Ferrari a chance to continue their dominant start to the 2004 Formula One season. A one-two finish in the opening race of the season in Australia gave the rest of the F1 world a glimpse of Ferrari's awesome power and a similar performance in Sepang would suggest an extremely one-sided season ahead. Four-times defending champion Michael Schumacher won the season opening Australian Grand Prix, while his teammate Rubens Barrichello claimed second place. The one-two finish handed Ferrari a commanding early lead at the top of the constructors' championship standings. Ferrari's car for the current season, the F-2004, was a cut above the competition in Melbourne and Ferrari's Technical Director Ross Brawn hopes that the team can continue in the same fashion for the remainder of the campaign. "Well, it was a great start, fantastic beginning, but it was exactly that. It was a beginning and we've got to keep our feet on the ground and make sure we try and do as good a job for the remaining 17 races," said Brawn. Ferrari may have been a cut above in Melbourne, but Brawn expects a far more even race in Malaysia, where their rivals' Michelin tyres are expected to offer better grip. "We've always been very strong when we have had ambient temperatures of around 20 to 25 degrees. Where our competitors have been strong historically is in the higher ambient temperatures, which is what we're going to face in Malaysia. We're typically going to see 30 to 35 degrees ambient and track temperatures of around 50 degrees and of course that's where we have been working very hard with Bridgestone to improve our performance," added Brawn. Rubens Barrichello has become accustomed to playing second fiddle to Schumacher in his five years at Ferrari. But a win in the stifling Malaysian heat would go some way to proving that, at least in driving terms, Barrichello is the equal of his illustrious German teammate. (AP)



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