Ferrari F2003-GA

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Ferrari F2003-GA
Formula one car.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Scuderia Ferrari
Designer(s) Ross Brawn (Technical Director)
Rory Byrne (Chief Designer)
Predecessor F2002
Successor F2004
Technical specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front) Independent suspension, pushrod activated torsion springs
Suspension (rear) As front
Engine Ferrari Type 052
developing 930 hp at 19,000 rpm 2,997cc V10 Mid engine rear wheel drive
Transmission Ferrari 7 speeds + reverse Semiautomatic sequential, electronically controlled, longitudinal gearbox, quick-shift Limited-slip differential
Weight 605 kg (1,333.8 lb) (including driver, water and lubricant)
Fuel Shell Fuel
Shell Lubricant
Tyres Bridgestone
BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13"
Competition history
Notable entrants Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Notable drivers 1. GermanyMichael Schumacher
2. BrazilRubens Barrichello
Debut 2003 Spanish Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
12 7 5 5
Constructors' Championships 1 (2003)
Drivers' Championships 1 (2003, Michael Schumacher)

The Ferrari F2003-GA was the car used by Scuderia Ferrari in the 2003 Formula 1 season, designed by Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn.[1] Its development was based on the previous Ferrari F2002, and featured bulbous sidepods and a lengthened wheelbase to aid aerodynamics. The engine and gearbox were developed versions of the previous model. The car was designated "GA" as a mark of respect to Gianni Agnelli, the recently deceased head of Fiat.

The car was introduced just before mid season in 2003, as the F2002 was seen as good enough to be competitive whilst the F2003-GA was developed further. The car was fast and competitive, but had a tendency to overuse its tyres, which led to several late race tyre problems in mid seasons, during the unusually hot European summer. As a result, Williams and McLaren were able to mount a consistent challenge to Ferrari and push Michael Schumacher for the championship.

After Bridgestone engineers discovered Michelin were using tyres which changed construction, causing the French tyre maker to provide remoulded tyres late in the season, Ferrari became competitive again, and were able to hold off both Williams and McLaren for the constructors' championship, whilst Schumacher snatched his sixth drivers' title, breaking Juan Manuel Fangio's record which had stood for 46 years.

The car won seven races, five pole positions, and five fastest laps before being replaced with the dominant F2004 in 2004, a car which was almost identical to its predecessor. Schumacher's fastest lap at the Red Bull Ring is still the lap record as of 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Günther Raupp (2008). Ferrari. 25 years of calendar images. Ediz. multilingue. teNeues. pp. 64–. ISBN 978-3-8327-9283-1. Retrieved 16 August 2013.