On the day of Wednesday 9 Novemberthat is, during the Geneva Luxury Week, Sotheby’s will officially put at auction one of the single-seaters that contributed to Ferrari’s golden age in Formula 1: the F2003-GA. The car, designed by Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn for the 2003 season, was renamed with the initials of Gianni Agnelli, who disappeared shortly before the presentation of the car. Flow to the track from Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, added the fifth consecutive Constructors’ World Championship for the Scuderia di Maranello, as well as pushing the German driver to his sixth of seven total titles. With that success, moreover, Schumacher broke the record for the largest number of world championships belonging to Juan Manuel Fangio.
Before the sale, another Schumacher had the opportunity to test this car on the circuit of Fiorano: Mickson of Kaiser and current Haas pilot. At the end of this unique experience, the 23-year-old had the opportunity to comment on the sensations and emotions experienced at the wheel of his father’s car: “It is impressive to have driven this car – has explained – it is part of one of the most successful years, and in the past I had had the opportunity to try that of 2002. Now I have driven this one, and with small steps I will also reach that of 2004. Each time it is a great pleasure for me and for the love I have for this sport. You can imagine how great it was to get into the F2003-GA with the roar of the V10 engine pushing you from behind. It was fun to be able to ride it, even if it was ‘sad’ to be able to do it only here and not on a bigger circuit, but I took the opportunity ”.
As stated by other drivers currently engaged in the Circus, Schumacher also agrees in underlining the emotions transmitted by the roar of the V10 engine, in the hope that the latter will one day be able to return one day to today’s cars instead of the turbo: “In 2003 I was only 4 years old – he added – and I don’t remember much, which is a shame because I think that period was the top of our sport. The cars had the best sound and were the most beautiful to drive, so I would have liked to drive during that time. This car belongs to the tracks, not the museums to be observed, it has to be driven. She is now 20 years old, she is an ‘old lady’ who has to be treated in a certain way in order to be brought to the track. The biggest difference between these cars and those of today is first of all the weight, I didn’t feel the speed in slow corners as much, but the aerodynamics are still impressive. At that time there were elements such as traction control, but it is once again the rider who makes the difference. I also love the sound of the engine, and that’s what this car has compared to the turbo era, which will probably remain so. In any case, I still have the hope that it will return, and therefore I hope to be able to get the sound of the V10 back one day“.
#Mick #Schumacher #Fiorano #fathers #F2003GA #FormulaPassion.it