Schumi sets track record with new model

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

World champion Michael Schumacher set a record lap at the company circuit of Fiorano on Friday as he completed four days of development tests of the brand new F

Schumi sets track record with new model

Maranello:

World champion Michael Schumacher set a record lap at the company circuit of Fiorano on Friday as he completed four days of development tests of the brand new Ferrari F2003-GA for the 2003 World Formula One Championship.Schumacher, who captured his fifth world driver's title last year as Ferrari cars took 15 out of 17 Grand Prix races, turned his fastest lap at the 2.076-km (1.3-mile) track of Fiorano in 56.786 seconds.The German driver, who turned a total of 96 laps on Friday, had set the previous record of 56.807 seconds on Thursday."We are very satisfied with the outcome of this week's test with the new car," Schumacher made public through the company web site. "I am not surprised with the lap record as the resurfacing has certainly made the track quicker".The Ferrari team will resume testing of the new car in Imola on Monday at the circuit which will host the Grand Prix of San Marino on April 20. Schumacher and test-driver Luca Badoer will be driving.The new Ferrari, named after Fiat's late chairman Giovanni Agnelli, was launched at the company headquarters in Maranello last Friday and is expected to make its debut in Imola, in the fourth championship race. Ferrari and other F1 teams were expected to showcase their 2002 models in the initial races of the season, beginning with the Australian GP at Melbourne on March 9. (AP)



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