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Old 07-01-2004, 16:14   #21
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Williams FW26 launch-in pictures
















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Williams Rulez, the new car looks a bit different, with this kind of nose, im wondering is it only Williams or do all teams have noses like Williams, if Williams have that it will no take long time and other team also got it soon
The car is amazing a new style


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Old 08-01-2004, 16:26   #23
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Intensive 2004 test schedule gets underway

With just two months to go before the opening round of the 2004 season, Formula One testing resumes in earnest this week following the end of the winter break. Williams, Ferrari, Renault and Toyota are expected on track at the Spanish circuit of Jerez today (Wednesday), where running is due to continue until next Tuesday.

Following this week’s launch of the FW26, Williams will be testing for seven consecutive days in a bid to ensure they avoid the poor early-season form that blighted their 2003 campaign. Test driver Marc Gene will shoulder the bulk of the driving responsibilities, assisted by Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher.

McLaren will be among the other Michelin teams at Jerez, with the British squad scheduled to run from Thursday to Sunday inclusive. Kimi Raikkonen will get his first taste of the MP4-19, with David Coulthard and tester Pedro de la Rosa joining the Finn. BAR are also due to join the session on Friday for five days of work.

Ferrari are the sole Bridgestone squad on track this week. The world champions are in action at Jerez from Thursday to Saturday. Sauber’s 2003 test programme will begin at next week’s Valencia test, while Jordan will join Ferrari and Sauber for a four-day Barcelona session commencing January 20.

All schedules are provisional and subject to change.

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Ferrari announce January launch date


Formula One World Champions Ferrari will officially launch their 2004 car later this month, it has been announced. The as-yet unnamed machine will be unveiled at the team’s Maranello headquarters on Monday January 26.

In both 2002 and 2003 Ferrari started the season with the previous year’s car. However, with key rivals Williams and McLaren having already made promising track debuts with their 2004 contenders, Ferrari will be keen to have their new car tried and tested ahead of the Australian Grand Prix on March 7.

Ferrari’s driver line-up for the new season remains unchanged with Michael Schumacher, gunning for a record seventh world drivers’ title, again paired with Rubens Barrichello as the Italian team look to secure an unprecedented sixth successive constructors’ crown. (formula1.com)


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Sauber unveil the C23 in Salzburg

Sauber unveiled their challenger for the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship on Monday when the wraps came off the new C23 at Salzburg Airport in Austria. The car, which will be driven by Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa, will use the same spec engine and gearbox as this year’s Ferrari.

Sauber have been using Petronas-badged Ferrari engines since 1997, but traditionally they have received the Italian team’s previous season specification. For 2004, however, the C23 will benefit from the world champions’ latest V10, as well as their seven-speed gearbox.

This, combined with the development benefits the team hope they can reap from their recently completed state-of-the-art wind tunnel, means that boss Peter Sauber is confident of the C23’s potential. “Our goal for 2004 is to clearly increase our performance,” he said ahead of Monday’s launch. “How well we’ll be able to do this primarily depends on how quickly we’ll be able to translate the results of our wind tunnel work to the race track.”

Technical Director Willy Rampf revealed that the Swiss team chose a pragmatic approach to the C23’s design, with the aim of developing a car with a sound basis and plenty of potential for continued development. “Owing to the fact that we will not be able to start working in our new wind tunnel until after the roll-out of the C23, this solution made sense to us more than any other,” he commented.

Sauber have abandoned their familiar twin-keel design for the C23 in a bid to make the new car stiffer and lighter. However, Rampf admitted that it had failed one of the FIA's mandatory crash tests, which it will have to retake later this month.

One man at Sauber who will have plenty of experience of the C23's Ferrari engine-gearbox package is Felipe Massa. The Brazilian, who made his competitive Formula One debut with Sauber in 2002, spent all of last season testing for Ferrari, a role he is also continuing into 2004. “I’ve learnt a lot during my year as a test driver and am ready, now, to apply this knowledge to the race track,” he said.

The C23 will get its first track outing on Wednesday when the team begin a three-day test session at Valencia in Spain.

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Old 14-01-2004, 16:41   #26
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Barrichello extends Ferrari deal

Rubens Barrichello will drive for Ferrari until at least the end of 2006 after signing a new deal with the Italian team, it was revealed on Wednesday.

“Ferrari announces that it has extended its agreement with the driver Rubens Barrichello to cover the 2005 and 2006 racing seasons,” said the team in a press release.

"I'm very proud, I have done this at the right moment in my career and it is another step forward," Barrichello told a press conference. "Clearly Ferrari are happy with my work and I am happy here with Ferrari. Another two years is not just a question of security because there is still a lot of work to do."

The contract extension means that Ferrari’s driver and key technical line-up will remain unchanged for the next three seasons. Michael Schumacher, technical director Ross Brawn, managing director Jean Todt and chief designer Rory Byrne are all committed to the Maranello squad until 2006.

Barrichello joined Ferrari for the 2000 season and since then his partnership with Schumacher has proved the most successful in Formula One racing. He has won a total of seven races for the team and finished fourth in the 2003 drivers’ championship, with victories in the British and Japanese Grands Prix. (formula1.com)

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The new season starts in march, Ferrari really could be in trouble this year, if Bridgestone havent made any improvements, all other top teams are on Michelin tyres, McLaren and BMW are very strong this year, Kimi Raikonnen reched a new lap record for Jerez (SPA) with the new car, this year theres no big favorit, because last season showed us that all teams and drivers are near together but the Ferrari was the best car, almost no technical problems, and Schumi just the best driver on earth, maybe the BEST EVER, 2004 Schumi, Montoya & Raikonnen have the best chances to win the Championship


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Old 18-01-2004, 06:52   #28
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Mooky, Schumi has been awarded Man Of The Year by fanatical public of this sport. This season surely will be as interesting as 2003, with key rivals Ferrari, both McLaren and Williams has made an improvement in all assisting their performances. But I still keep in faith on Ferrari...


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French Grand Prix confirmed for 2004

The coming Formula One season will feature an unprecedented 18 races after the FIA confirmed on Friday that the French Grand Prix will be included on the 2004 calendar.

The Magny-Cours race, which will take place on July 4, was originally granted a provisional slot, subject to the satisfactory conclusion of a contract with Formula One Management by the end of 2003 and the agreement of all the teams.

Now, following a meeting on Friday between FIA President, Max Mosley, Formula One Management President, Bernie Ecclestone, and the Formula One Team Principals, the French race's provisional status has been removed. (formula1.com)


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Toyota unveil TF104 at Cologne base


The Toyota Formula One team today (Saturday) revealed their 2004 race car, the TF104, at their Cologne headquarters in Germany. Penned by Chief Designer Gustav Brunner and his team, the new machine is an evolutionary redesign of its TF103 predecessor.

"We have adopted similar principles for the TF104 race car to the ones we followed when producing the TF103," Brunner explained to the assembled press. "Using Toyota's philosophy of continuous improvement, the fundamental concept was again that of evolution not a revolution. The TF103 and TF104 may appear visually similar, but we have looked at every single part of the car, studied it, redesigned it and improved it. There is no carry over from last year's car, but we have worked on every single part to make it lighter, stiffer, more reliable and with better overall performance."

"Aerodynamics in general are the key to success in F1 and we have benefited immensely from our in-house windtunnel operating at optimum capacity," added Toyota’s Director of Technical Co-ordination, Keizo Takahashi. "On the TF104, we have endeavoured to find the best compromise between aero efficiency and the car's stability."

Underneath the evolutionary bodywork, the Japanese squad’s car's internal components have undergone a significant reassessment and redesign that the team is confident will reap rewards in the long term.

New Technical Director Chassis Mike Gascoyne, who joined from Renault at the end of last season, said he was encouraged by the new machine: "The entire design team has done a very good job on the TF104. It appears to be a solid car, but we will have to wait for testing to see precisely how good it is. 90 percent of chassis performance is in the car's aerodynamics, and that has been the priority on the TF104. We now need to look at ensuring short-term consistency to get the best from the car, the drivers and the team in 2004, whilst concurrently adopting a longer-term approach to get Toyota to the front of the grid in the future."

Toyota said the most challenging aspect of the new car had been on the engine side. With new 2004 regulations specifying that only one engine must be used per car for the entire race weekend, the priority of Technical Director Engine Luca Marmorini and his team was to retain a competitive power output over a longer lifespan.

"With the new rules, we have had to look at doubling the engine's life expectancy from 400km to around 800km," explained Marmorini. "Our guiding principles when designing the RVX-04 have been to increase the durability, whilst simultaneously maintaining the driveability and the performance from 2003. I honestly do not think that there will be such a drop in horsepower with the new engines, but we have had to work a lot on the lifing. The RVX-04 was fired up on the dyno in October and was run for the first time at a test on November 25 in the TF103B interim car. We will continue to work on this before we go to Melbourne, but I am confident that we are up to this new challenge."

Toyota will continue with their driver line-up of Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta in 2004 and both said they were naturally anxious to get behind the wheel of the TF104, with the first race of the season in Australia just around the corner.

"On occasions in 2003, we showed what Toyota is capable of,” commented Panis. “Our race result in Hockenheim and our top three qualifying performances in Indianapolis and Suzuka proved that we could do the job. In 2004, we have to use these achievements as a springboard, to focus on reliability and get the results we deserve. That means plenty of points and a constant progression during the year."

Da Matta added: "My first season in F1 was a lot of hard work but highly enjoyable. I was hindered by having to learn most of the circuits for the first time, but along with the team, I think I showed my potential. This year will be a different story and I will be on a level playing field to the other drivers, so we should aim for consistency in our performance and to make real progress to the top teams in 2004."

Test and third driver Ricardo Zonta, with whose valuable testing work the TF104 has been created, will also be busy in 2004. One of the other new regulations for 2004, which permits teams from 5th-10th in last season's constructors’ championship to run a third car in Friday's practice sessions, will give Zonta extra time in the cockpit.

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Old 22-01-2004, 15:05   #31
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Renault uncovered, Ferrari named

Renault's 2004 challenger, the R24, made its track debut at Barcelona on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, Ferrari's Sporting Director Jean Todt revealed that the world champions' new car, which will be launched in Maranello next Monday, is, internally at least, called the 655.

Renault will officially unveil the R24 in Sicily on January 29. However, Jarno Trulli gave the public its first glimpse of the new car, which features an unusual looking engine cover, when he took to the Circuit de Catalunya.

Ferrari have also promised something unexpected when the wraps come off their new car next week. After the excitement generated by the radical nose design of the Williams FW26, Todt said the Italian team's 2004 car also has 'a front wing that could surprise everyone'. Todt referred to the car as the 655, but it remains to seen if that will be its official title. (formula1.com)
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From F2003-GA turned out to be F655 this season...I'm still looking forward what does it mean and why does being called F655 which far away from of what crossed in mind before, F2004?...


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Finally they change the date of GP Brazil... Sao Paulo usually have storms in the time of the year that it used to happen, what caused a lot of accidentes in Interlagos Ring in the last years.
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yeah~~Ferrari.....
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hopefully the new circuts in Bahrain & China are going to be good races...


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Ferrari unveil the F2004 in Maranello

Ferrari have officially launched the car they hope will bring them a sixth consecutive constructors' championship this season. The covers came off the F2004 on Monday morning at the team's headquarters in Maranello, Italy.

The new machine is a further evolution of last year's F2003-GA, though every part of the car has been redesigned in a bid to make optimum use of the new Ferrari 053 V10 engine and Bridgestone's latest tyres.

Technical Director Ross Brawn described the car as the best Ferrari they had yet produced, adding that the team had learnt many lessons from last year.

"Our analysis of the 2003 season has highlighted the areas where we were strong and those where we were weak," he said. "Certainly, we did not react aggressively enough to the opportunities presented by the 2003 regulation changes and for 2004, we have worked to ensure that we will not make the same mistake."

The F2004 is lighter than its predecessor, with a lower centre of gravity and improved aerodynamics. Revised front and rear suspension should endow the car with improved handling, as well as allowing it to make more efficient use of its Bridgestone rubber.

The 053 engine and its seven-speed titanium gearbox retain the same layout as in the F2003-GA, but are of an all-new design, using new materials to make the package lighter and smaller.

The new Ferrari has already passed its major FIA crash tests and is expected to make its testing debut later this week at Fiorano with Michael Schumacher at the wheel. The team's test programme will then continue throughout February at Fiorano, Mugello and Imola.

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Finally they came off as F2004.....

'Evolution' is always the key word of Ferrari's cars development, unlike other teams had been producing the cars with sort of 'Revolution'...


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Renault officially unveil R24 in Sicily


The Renault team launched their 2004 challenger, the R24, on Thursday in front of 650 assembled media and guests at the prestigious opera house, Teatro Massimo, in Palermo, Sicily. The team, who finished fourth in the 2003 constructors' championship, said their objective for the upcoming season will be to improve on last year's successful performance.

"We must look to dislodge at least one of the teams above us in the championship," announced Renault Chairman and CEO Patrick Faure. "One can no longer just talk about the top three teams: last year, we became part of the Big Four. Renault's targets for this year are, logically, placed higher, and in order to achieve them, absolute reliability will be critical. The correct steps were taken last year in order to ensure this, and we are confident we will attain this target from Melbourne onwards."

Again spearheading the team's challenge will be Fernando Alonso, who won last year's Hungarian Grand Prix, and Jarno Trulli. They will be aided by test driver Franck Montagny, who will be an integral part of the team's season-long development programme, the Frenchman having already completed over 5000 km during the winter.

"I enter this new season feeling confident," commented the team's Managing Director Flavio Briatore. "Everything is in place, both at Enstone and at Viry-Chatillon, for us to have a fast and reliable car. As a team, I certainly don't think we have yet attained our maximum."

The R24, which has already made its track debut, has been conceived by a team led by Chief Designer Mark Smith, under the guidance of Technical Director Bob Bell. The car, which has been under development since September 2002, is an evolution of the R23, with the clear objective of improved performance in every area. In spite of regulation changes, the car already generates more downforce than its predecessor.

At the heart of the new car lies the RS24, an engine designed to meet the new one engine-per-weekend regulations. The objective of Project Leader Leon Taillieu has been to maintain the level of performance from 2003 while meeting the new reliability demands. Furthermore, it will undergo intensive development throughout the year under the leadership of Technical Director Rob White.









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This team were really improving last year and could *steal attention* of the public after top three teams. I believe the last year' success could be continuing once again for Renault in 2004...


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Jordan finally confirmed that Nick Heidfeld will head their driver line-up for the 2004 season, though the identity of his team-mate remains unknown...

He's one of promising young star I think...if he given more times to manage his ability, and got the suitable car for him..I'm sure he could more make points...


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look at Heinz Harald Frentzen, who drived for Williams, if Heidfeld had that opportunity he would fight for Championship too.... hes fast, good driver, too young to get kicked out of Formula 1, great potential, even though he had problems to find a cockpit for coming season...... finally got a job with Jordan, who can be his teammate??? maybe a rookie/newbie or older veteran or even a driver who was bought into Formula 1 from sponsors...... Eddie Jordan should make his decision soon about the second driver........
Great car the new Renault, they had almost a Championship car last year, it was more a Powercar, acceleration, & not based on Highspeed......


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BAR aiming for top three as 006 launches


The BAR team believe they can provide a credible challenge to the top three teams with their all-new 006 car, launched today (Sunday) at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya. Team Principal David Richards predicted the new machine would see the Honda-powered squad fighting for regular podium places in 2004.

Last year's 005 enabled the team to move up from eighth to fifth place in the constructors’ championship, and according to BAR, the 006 is a significant evolution of that machine, having been designed with a more challenging and innovative approach.

The new chassis is stiffer and has a lower centre of gravity. It also features a smaller fuel capacity to reflect the revised qualifying rules and raised pit lane speeds. The biggest single development is the new gearbox. It features a full carbon-composite maincase, together with narrow, lightweight gear ratios which afford a very substantial weight reduction at the rear of the car. There are further weight-saving features throughout, with greater use of MMC (metal matrix composite), innovative upright design, simplified internal suspension components, and a refined and better integrated hydraulics system.

The new engine and chassis allow a slightly shorter wheelbase, and the aerodynamic package has been optimised. BAR has used the results of track testing last year to identify a new strategy for aerodynamic development, and the new car has been developed in the wind tunnel using these new techniques. Although the change of aerodynamic regulations has slowed down the pace of improvement, the new car shows clear performance advantages in the tunnel over its predecessor.

Honda has produced a new engine to meet the challenge of the single-engine rule introduced for the first time this season. Although similar in concept to the 2003 unit, it too is a completely revised design, with much smaller dimensions, reduced weight and a lower centre of gravity.

For 2004, BAR has also forged a new partnership with French tyre supplier Michelin, after switching from Bridgestone. The team has conducted an extensive programme of tyre development during winter testing in readiness for their debut season together, using nearly 1,000 tyres during 10,000 kilometres of testing.

Getting their first taste of the 006 on Sunday were new team mates Jenson Button and Takuma Sato - one of the youngest driver pairings on the 2004 grid. Despite having only recently turned 24 years of age, Button is entering his fifth season in Formula One in the role of BAR's team leader. Following Sato’s excellent, if somewhat impromptu, race debut for the team in Japan at the end of last year, he will be starting his second full season of racing in Formula One.

Of the 006 Button commented: “The car is a major step forward and I feel very confident that the team isn't overstating its expectations for this year when we say we can fight with the top three teams. I think Taku and I will work very well together and hopefully we can look forward to the same kind of results we achieved in Japan. I think this year will definitely bring us podium finishes and, who knows, perhaps my first win as well."

BAR will get their first chance to gauge the 006 against its competition this week when they will be one of several teams testing at Barcelona.









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Nice to hear they're aiming top three teams as Renault does. Just showing the new era B.A.R to public and both Renault and this team could challenge each other to make credible most improved team this year...


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last years BAR-Honda was only garbage, not ready for competition even for the top 5 teams.... the story with Jacques Villeneuve was funny... already during the season the canadian ex-champ, troublemaker, u can see that his pit stop crew wasnt happy at all with him & his performances... how the crew worked during his pitstops was like provocation, slow and they didnt give a fuck about Villeneuve... the pitcrew seems really angry with him and made a lot of stupid faults what makes him to stay longer in the box as he wanted or needed.... there was a icecold harmony between Villeneuve and his crew..... and then at the end of the season Villneuve had his nose full, ive read that the manager of BAR offered him a provocating 1 dollar contra for the next season which he refused angry!!!! turning from a world champion to a complete idiot...


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