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By Andrew Maitland
April 26, 2005
Ferrari test tactic slammed
(GMMf1NET -- Apr.26) Ferrari's return to form at Imola has been
dismissed as 'hollow' and - by Michael Schumacher's own brother -
BAR 'CEO' Nick Fry said every other team is 'handicapped' by
voluntarily agreeing to cut costs in a 30-day test limit.
He claimed that Ferrari, 'flaunting' the gentlemen's pact, have done
nearly double the running of any other team.
Between Bahrain and Imola, the non-compliant team completed no less
than sixteen days of track running.
''It was inevitable they would come back,'' Fry deducted.
Ferrari champion Schumacher's younger brother, meanwhile - 29-year-old
Ralf - also slammed the Maranello tactic as 'unfair.'
The Toyota driver, in Turkey for sponsor Panasonic, told RTL
television: ''We limit ourself but Ferrari carry on ... happily.
''We're interested in F1 carrying on ... while Ferrari seem not.''
(GMMf1NET -- Apr.26) Ferrari and Minardi will test at Italian circuit
Mugello this week.
''I wasn't really surprised when both (new) PS05s stopped,'' Paul
Stoddart said, referring to the untested and fragile cars at Imola.
Williams will be out at Silverstone (UK), in rural Northamptonshire,
where Nico Rosberg - son of the 1982 champion - will debut as second
Kimi Raikkonen and Pedro de la Rosa, meanwhile, are to test their
McLarens at Jerez de la Frontera, in south Spain, as will Red Bull and
Rivals 'paranoid' - Todt
(GMMf1NET -- Apr.26) Ferrari has denied it would be unfairly
advantaged by a change in F1 qualifying this year.
Flavio Briatore (Renault) and Ron Dennis (McLaren) both hinted they
did not vote to overturn the 'aggregate' system because it would favor
those with a bigger fuel tank.
But Ferrari's Jean Todt, no fan of the Saturday-Sunday format, argued
that the FIA could just impose a tank-size limit.
''I would be prepared to sign (that),'' the Frenchman suggested.
''(The other teams) are just paranoid. We are not in favor of this
Todt also rejected Peter Sauber's suggestion that Ferrari, with a new
engine deal with Red Bull, will not want to sign a second customer.
''I do not feel that they will,'' said Jean, 'but if Sauber ask us (to
continue supplying them), of course (we will).''
Pained five form a queue
(GMMf1NET -- Apr.26) Five top grand prix drivers, pained expression on
their faces, hopping from one foot to the other.
At Imola, it happened.
Jordan 'third' man Robert Doornbos was the first of the randomly
selected six to be called into the medical centre to give a urine
The FIA routinely conduct anti-doping tests.
According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, though, the
Dutchman couldn't squeeze a single drop.
The rest (Fernando Alonso, Tiago Monteiro, Jacques Villeneuve and
Tonio Liuzzi), having all strayed from the toilet in anticipation of
the test, had to wait.
''It took 45 minutes,'' said the sixth, Giancarlo Fisichella.
Schu can stay in scarlet
(GMMf1NET -- Apr.26) Seven time world champion Michael Schumacher may
want to stay on the F1 grid for 'many years.'
And, if he does, the German can drive a scarlet car, Ferrari principal
Jean Todt promised.
The team's technical director, Ross Brawn - also another close friend
of Schumacher - reckoned fending off, or chasing down, youngster
Fernando Alonso will turn out to be Michael's 'toughest challenge.'
But, at 36, Ross said Schumi still has fuel in the tank.
''I think he's got lots of mileage left in him,'' the Briton added.
''I'm not surprised, just reminded of how good he is -- he had a lot
of fight in him (at Imola).''
Sauber gave JV 'freedom'
(GMMf1NET -- Apr.26) Jacques Villeneuve said having 'more freedom'
within the Sauber team is helping him drive faster.
The French Canadian, submerged in speculation prior to finding some
pace at Imola, revealed that he earlier sat down with Peter Sauber.
''With all the rumors,'' he claimed, 'everybody ... decided to be more
''And the team ... gave me more freedom to work on my ideas, and that
Villeneuve's manager Craig Pollock, meanwhile, admitted that sixth
place was a 'bit of a relief' after a dismal early season.
''If (the criticism) doesn't die down now then it's pretty pathetic,''
the BAR founder continued.
Pollock also confirmed that Sauber are now letting JV 'set his car
Red 'warning' - Alonso
(GMMf1NET -- Apr.26) Imola was a 'warning' for Renault, race winner
Fernando Alonso said.
''Actually I am surprised,'' the 23-year-old Spaniard - chased hard to
the flag by Michael Schumacher's Ferrari - added.
''If he had started from a normal grid position, he would have won,
''For Barcelona, Ferrari is the favorite.''
Disregarding the warning, though - at least for now - was Monday
morning's Spanish media.
'Marca' exclaimed: ''Germany has the Pope, Spain has Alonso. The
Prince defeated the King.''
Italy, however, took a different - if predictable - tact. ''Next time
(Ferrari) will be first,'' La Gazzetta dello Sport hypothesized.
''For Schumacher, hope glows.''
'Festival of Speed'
(GMMf1NET -- Apr.26) F1 championship leader Fernando Alonso will be
the star attraction at late June's famous 'Goodwood Festival of
The Spaniard, to be joined in England by drivers from six rival teams,
will speed last year's Renault R24 up the hill.
BAR's Takuma Sato, Anthony Davidson and Jenson Button will also be
there, as will David Coulthard, Olivier Panis and the 2004
Sir Frank, Jackie Stewart, Ron Dennis, Adrian Newey and Jack Brabham
have all signaled an intention to attend, while Damon Hill will drive
a unique Hill-Cosworth, and Alain Prost the 1989 McLaren.
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