The F2002 is the forty eighth Ferrari single-seater conceived specifically to contest the Formula 1 World Championship. The design philosophy follows that of the F2001. Ferrari have optimised the aerodynamic efficiency, lowered the centre of gravity and created the optimum conditions to maximise the performance of the 051 engine and the Bridgestone tyres. Despite the continuity of the regulations and apparent aesthetic similarities, all aspects of the car have been completely redesigned to achieve improvements in performance.
The chassis is new, both in terms of its design and construction, resulting in a weight reduction and greater structural integrity. The sides pods, radiators, exhausts and the rear of the car are also completely new, achieving an improvement in the cooling and aerodynamic performance.
There have been some minor changes to the technical regulations, resulting in the power-steering being operated mechanically rather than electronically. Both front and rear suspension groups have been revised not only optimising the performance and consistency of the Bridgestone tyres but with particularly attention on optimising the aerodynamic package.
On the mechanical side, the 051 engine, like its predecessor is load bearing and mounted longitudinally, as is the transmission. The latter is completely new and novel, especially in the usage of materials and the method of gear selection. The gearbox, cast in titanium, has seven sequential gears, hydraulically operated. The materials used in transmission and engine have been specially developed to reduce weight and bulk. The exhausts remain high level, a Ferrari trend now followed by the rest of Formula One.
Much attention has been paid to lowering the centre of gravity and optimising the weight distribution on both chassis and engine as a complete package. The design and manufacturing standards of Ferrari have meant the creation of a car in which every component is produced to the utmost standard ensuring the highest possible level of safety, performance and reliability.
The F2002 was not used in the first race of the season. For the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix Ferrari relied on updated F2001s, but when the F2002 was unleashed at the Brasilian Grand Prix it proved a winner straight out of the box. By the eleventh race, at Magny Cours in France, Michael Schumacher secured his fifth title, the earliest ever in a Grand Prix season. With this title Schumacher equalled Juan Manuel Fangio's record five World Championships. The 2002 title is Schumacher's third consecutive title for Ferrari and the Scuderia scored their fourth consecutive constructors' title.
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Hey ATC, you said PEDRO DE LA ROSA can win championships if he was given the best f1 car, but you forget some things. I don't say MICHAEL SCHUMACHER is not the best of all time but I agree with you that he is the current best driver. To become the best of all time he needs to surpass AYRTON SENNA'S 65 poles and win the title the sixth time as he broke all the records of f1 except the number of starts. Also do remember that MICHAEL was p7 the first time he qualified for a race and that too in a JORDAN which never qualified in top ten that year. He also gave BENETTON their first driver's and constructor's title and also FERRARI'S first driver's title in 21 years and constructor's title. Don't say MICHAEL SCUMACHER wins because today's f1 cars are easy to drive. In fact today's cars are not easy to drive, even if they r easy to drive then MICHAEL will have tough competition against the youngsters, then also he will win not because of easy driving cars but because he is hard-worker. Period.
Ultimate no more?
Have a close look at the F2003-GA, and then look back to the F2002. It is amazing how what was, until yesterday, considered the pinnacle of F1 engineering, suddenly pales next to the new machine. Roll on 2003 and the Scuderia!
i meant to say
i dont think Michael Schumacher is not like what people say he is.