Ferrari to run new car in Bahrain GP

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

Ferrari will run its new F-2005 car in the next race, the April 3 Bahrain Grand Prix, an Italian news agency reported today.

Ferrari to run new car in Bahrain GP
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Maranello:

Ferrari will run its new F-2005 car in the next race, the April 3 Bahrain Grand Prix, an Italian news agency reported today. The announcement came after two days of extensive testing, and it follows disappointing finishes in the first two races of the season. "In the next race we will have the new car," team director Jean Todt told the news agency. "The tests at Mugello confirmed the car's capability. We will have two F-2005s, one for each driver, and one F-2004 that was used in Australia and Malaysia as a backup," he added. Michael Schumacher on Wednesday tested the new car for the first time, completing 81 laps around the Mugello circuit for a total of 422 km. Brazilian teammate Rubens Barrichello got behind the wheel on Tuesday. Both drivers said they were pleased by the new model, which was slated to debut in the Spanish GP on May 8. Using a modified version of last year's car in the first two races, Ferrari has finished no higher than 11th in qualifying and twice had their cars forced out of the race. Schumacher was seventh in Sunday's Malaysian GP, more than a minute behind winner Fernando Alonso in a Renault. Barrichello exited the race on the 50th lap. That left Ferrari with 10 points from two races -- 16 behind Renault. Last season, Ferrari won 15 of 18 races with Schumacher taking 13 en route to his record seventh series title. (AP)

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