General data  
Grand Prix season/s 2002
Racing drivers Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello
Race numbers Michael Schumacher: 1 Rubens Barrichello: 2
VIN span 217 –  224
Number produced 8 + 1 for 2003 (S/N 225)
Presentation 6 Februar 2002 in Maranello
Technical Specifications  
Chassis Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Length 4495 mm
Width 1796 mm
Height 959 mm
Wheelbase 3020 mm
Front track 1470 mm
Rear track 1405 mm
Front suspension Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs
Rear suspension Independent wheel suspension, double delta wishbones, shock absorber unitoperated by traction struts and deflection levers, anti-roll bar, Push-Rod-System
Front tyres 13“
Rear tyres 13“
Tyres Bridgestone Potenza slicks with 4 grooves
Wheels BBS light alloy wheels
Front brakes Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
Rear brakes Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
Weight 600 kg, including oil, water and driver
Fuel tank Approx. 140 litres
Body material Carbon-fibre
Type 051 – mid-engine
Number of cylinders V10 – 90°
Displacement 2998 ccm
Bore and stroke
Camshaft 2 overhead per cylinderbank
Valves 4 per cylinder
Valve control Pneumatic valve control
Compression ratio
Lubrication Dry sump
Ignition Magneti Marelli electronic coil ignition
Fuel management Magneti Marelli digital fuel injection, Shell fuel
Maximum power Approx. 860 hp – 18.000 rpm
Gearbox 7 gears + rev., semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox, activated by steering wheel paddles, longitudinal installed, Traction and launch control Gearbox material: Titan and Carbon-fibre Gear change in approx. 0,04 sec.
Clutch AP carbon-fibre multi disc clutch, activated by steering wheel paddles
Engine weight Approx. 92 kg
Director of Gestione Sportiva Jean Todt
Technical Director Ross Brawn
Design engineer/s Rory Byrne
Engine Paolo Martinelli
  217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224 and 225 for 2003
Good to know:

  • Grand Prix Australia and Malaysia: F 2001b – S/Ns  215 and 216.
    Grand Prix Brazil: Michael Schumacher – F 2002, Rubens Barrichello – F 2001
  • 12th Constructors World Championship for Ferrari with 221 points, team record in Formula 1.
  • 12th Driver World Championship for Ferrari and 3rd Driver World Championship title for Michael Schumacher. 144 points – record
  • New record for victories per season: Michael Schumacher won 11 races
  • 4 victories for Rubens Barrichello

Ferrari Press releases:
Source: Ferrari

06.02.2002: The 2002 challenger is presented at Maranello

Maranello, 6th February – The new Formula 1 car is called the F2002. At 11am, in the ‘Nuova Meccanica’ pavillion at Ferrari HQ in Maranello, the protagonist of the new Formula 1 season was given its official baptism. Shareholders, sponsors, dealers, journalists and, of course, the team behind the creation of the car gathered together as the star of the day was revealed on a rotating spot-lit podium.The event opened with an address from Antonio Ghini, Director of Communication and Brand Management, who presented the first video of the 575M Maranello, the latest conception from the Prancing Horse’s stable. And at the wheel of a brand new 575 the Scuderia’s official drivers, Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, made their entrance. The team’s test drivers, Luca Badoer and Luciano Burti, were not able to attend due to their comwithments at today’s test at the Mugello circuit.Jean Todt then mounted the podium to welcome the drivers and invited them to lift the red sheet and reveal the real protagonist of the day, the F2002. Jean Todt was the first to address the guests: “Our strength is not due to our successes but to our failures which have made us stronger,” said the Managing Director of Sport, “and it is with this spirit that we prepare ourselves for the challenge of the 2002 season, knowing that our competitors will be stronger than ever. We have all the elements we need to progress but we must work hard to ensure nothing is taken for granted. I am very proud of this team, it’s a winning team. Now we have to see if this new chassis is not only beautiful but is also a good race car,” concluded Todt with a smile. In line with the traditional design team speeches, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne and Paolo Martinelli, then presented in italian the principal technical characteristics of the new Ferrari.Naturally, the Cavallino drivers also expressed their feelings and hopes for the coming season. Rubens Barrichello spoke first: “I will give and do everything I can to bring this car to victory,” the Brazilian driver declared before handing the microphone to the World Champions, Michael Schumacher: “I am happy to be here”, exclaimed the German driver. “The motivation and objectives are the same: we want to be World Champion again. There is nothing better than winning with Ferrari and I will do everything possible so that we can continue winning together.” The presentation concluded with a speech from the President of Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, who thanked at length all those responsible for the new car, from its closest collaborators to the sponsors and shareholders. Paolo Fresco, President of FIAT and Paolo Cantarella, FIAT Managing Director, were also present.“Like always this is a very important moment,” President Montezemolo declared. “There are many new things this year, lots of innovations, but there are also many things that we have preserved. We are aware that we have reached the top but we are still hungry for victory. We must and will remain concentrated and humble, knowing that the competition will be difficult. But all the same we set out to win.”

06.02.2002: F2002: The new Ferrari F1 car

06.02.2002: 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 Engineand 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 Enginehave 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 Engineas 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.

06.02.2002: The F2002 and its designers

Maranello, 6 febbraio – Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Paolo Martinelli and Gilles Simon also met with the press after the launch of the new car for the 2002 season. They responded to questions on the technical characteristics of the new car. Many questions were focussed on the possibility of using the new Engine, the 051, in last year’s F2001 car. Gilles Simon, Engine Designer, replied: “The 051 was conceived and created for the F2002. The whole structure of the 051 cannot be mounted in last year’s car.”Paolo Martinelli highlighted certain characteristics of the new Engine: “the horsepower has been increased as has the maximum revs , and both the centre of gravity and the shaft of the new Engine are lower in respect to the 050.” Ross Brawn spoke about the possibility of using the F2001 for the first race in Australia. “We will test the new car,” explained the British Engineer, “and only then, once we have all the necessary data, will we be able to decide which car to use.”As for the controversy surrounding the regulations and certain irregularities that were discussed last year, Brawn said: “As Engineers we have to work to the rules, and it is the FIA’s task to control whether the rules are respected. Many elements have changed from last year, what was decided at Barcelona meant the introduction of many new elements. We will see how things progress.”

06.02.2002: Rory Byrne: ‘I believe will be the best Ferrari F1 car’

Maranello, 6th February – Although the fundamental design philosophy of the (653) is the same in terms of optimising aerodynamic efficiency, lowering centre of gravity height, maximising the performance available from the Bridgestone tyres and the 051 Engine, many areas of the car had to be fundamentally reviewed in order to make a step forward in performance because these areas were close to the liwith of development on the F2001. In addition, the areas that have not changed fundamentally have been further refined and optimised to maximise functionality and performance, so almost every part on this car is newly designed.I will explain in more detail:

1. Aerodynamics: The side pods, radiator layout, exhaust system, rear suspension and rear end aerodynamics are fundamentally new. This has enabled us to make a step forward both in terms of aerodynamic performance and cooling efficiency and we have several development items which we plan to introduce into the test programme in the next 2 weeks.

2. Transmission: The transmission is completely new, both in terms of the materials used for the casing and the major internal parts as well as the gear selection mechanism itself. This has resulted in a transmission which is significantly shorter and lighter and has a smoother, faster gearshift. A prototype version of this gearbox has been on test since September 2001 and has met our performance and reliability requirements.

3. Chassis: The chassis is completely new, both in terms of shape, which is a result of the car’s aerodynamic development programme, and in terms of construction which has resulted in a considerable weight saving.

4. Suspension and Steering: There is a fundamentally new power steering system to comply with the new 2002 regulations forbidding the use of electronically controlled power steering. Again, a prototype version has been successfully tested on the F2001. Both front and rear suspension have been revised to maximise the performance of the Bridgestone tyres. The inboard end of the rear suspension has been completely revised to optimise the rear end aerodynamics. Almost all of the suspension components have been refined and many have been manufactured using new materials and manufacturing methods in order to reduce weight.

5. Electronics: Because of the change in regulations, for the first time there will be the capability to send information and instructions from the pits to the car. This has been achieved by the use of a new telemetry system developed by Magneti Marelli. The electronic control of Engine and transmission has been further refined and improved.To produce this all new car with so many fundamentally different major components has required a tremendous effort from all at GES and I would like to thank everyone for their contribution in producing what I believe will be the best Ferrari F1 car ever.

06.02.2002: Paolo Martinelli: ‘The new F1 Enginecode name is 051’

Maranello, 6th February – The new F1 Engine which we will use to contest the 2002 world championship, continues the classic 90 degree V10 configuration. Code named the 051, it is the result of a great deal of work, based on the technical and design capabilities of the Ferrari Engine specialists.We started the project from the sound basis of last year’s 050, working on improving all the basic requirements for an F1 Engine, namely, power, reliability, compact dimensions, low weight and low centre of gravity, as well as driveability and good fuel consumption figures. The Engine was designed and developed alongside the chassis, in total synergy, made possible by the fact our entire team is based in the same facility.There were three main technical principles applied to the design of the 051 Engine. Firstly, we ensured we maintained all the strong points of its 2001 predecessor, the 050. Secondly, in order to ensure the necessary step forward for this year, we did however revise all the main Engine components. The architecture of the 050 proved successful and was thus retained. The block was made using the latest refined micro-casting technology. The cylinder heads were optimised to increase the fluid-dynamic efficiency of the porting. The crankshaft and its associated components were redesigned, especially with a view to reducing the rotating masses and friction.Thirdly, several innovative materials were introduced as a function of the applications of the various components. In addition to this, we have worked closely with Shell to put in place a fuel and lubricants development programme which will run throughout the 2002 season. In terms of performance, development will be continuous, with evolutionary steps already programmed for the year. These include fine tuning the Engine management systems in conjunction with Magneti Marelli.The support of all our technical partners and suppliers is vital to ensure development throughout the year. As usual, the exact horsepower figure will not be disclosed. However, I will repeat last year’s declaration, which remains as valid today, that all Ferrari’s Enginestaff are working with diligence and determination to ensure that power is “sufficient” and delivered with driveability and reliability, in order to reach our objectives for the 2002 Formula 1 World Championship.

06.02.2002: Todt: ‘We want to keep on winning without losing our realism’

Maranello, 6th February – In the press conference following the launch of the F2002, Jean Todt, Managing Director of Sport, reaffirmed Ferrari’s determination to fight for wins and for a repeat of last season’s results. Todt also underlined another fundamental Ferrari characteristic, realism: “Clearly we want to continue winning and we will do everything we can to make that possible but we also want to keep our feet on the ground. We know that this year the competition will be tough, as we are also competing against the big manufacturers. They have obviously not come into F1 to lose and will therefore do their utmost to compete with the sport’s protagonists right from the start. What is fundamental for us is that we respect the work of the others and don’t underestimate our adversaries, nor should we use them as an alibi or excuse for potential defeats. This is the spirit with which we approach our work.”Todt announced that the team will test at the end of this week and responded to the question raised recently concerning the possibilty of beginning the season with last year’s monocoque: “We have a new chassis that will be tested and checked to ensure it is ready for the new F1 season. The new car has of course significant developments in many areas: Engine, aerodynamics, electronics and brakes. What I can say is that we are working hard to be able to use it right from the first GP, but the F2001 was and still is a very good car, and this allows us some peace of mind as we have the possibility to choose between the two chassis. The old cars are available to us and the Engineand gearbox can be adapted.” Neither did Todt exclude the possibility of running in Australia with two different monocoques, an F2001 and an F2002: “We will wait for the tests that we are carrying out until 20th February to see how the car behaves. Then we will make the decision.”What does Todt think of the competitiors’ cars who have all completed their first test already “The tests that each team are carrying out individually aren’t easy to analyse. So therefore it is very difficult to make comparisons and understand how they will perform in race trim, even if the times are interesting. We are expecting very tough competition, but this is the beauty of racing.”The Managing Director of Sport was also asked his opinion on the controversy surrounding the rules and the supposed irregularities of the previous season: “Controversy is part of the game and its normal that it exists. Ferrari does not condone things of this nature. We are working hard and are preparing ourselves in as peaceful a manner as possible for the championship, just focussing on the job in hand.”

06.02.2002: Ross Brawn: ‘New Regulations’

Maranello, 6th February – There are a small number of Technical Regulation changes for the 2002 Formula One Season. – Power assisted steering systems must be controlled mechanically ‘ no electronic control is allowed. This is the final step to the changes introduced in Barcelona 2001 ‘ changes to avoid the necessity to carry out software inspections following a race. – The rear crash structure is subjected to a substantial side load ‘ the same principal as the front crash structure. – Wheel tethers are stronger. -Mirrors are larger. – The rear light is larger. As a result of these modest changes it is possible, and feasible, to race a 2001 car in the 2002.


Technical Partnerships have been a key element to our success during the past few seasons. Our Partners and Suppliers are as comwithted as Ferrari to achieve success together in Formula One. We are not limited by the numbers of staff at Maranello ‘ we have a World Wide Team at our disposal. Each of our Partners has shared our victories and defeats ‘ we salute you. Our Partnership with Bridgestone has taken on an extra significance with the increased competition. Bridgestone and Ferrari have formed a unique working group of Engineers operating from both Japan and Maranello devoted to the car and tyre interface. The Group’s task is to optimise the tyre and car as a single entity thereby ensuring the best use of the tyre. We have also expanded our testing to two independent Test Teams, one solely devoted to tyre testing. This means, as an example, we can conduct simultaneous testing programs at Barcelona and Mugello. However, the Technical Partnership that we hold the most valuable is the partnership between the Engineand the chassis. This is one of our key strengths. The guys designing the Enginework next to the guys designing the car. The guy machining an Engineblock one day can be machining a gearbox case the next. Ferrari is unique. We are a single entity. We succeed together ‘ we fail together. We all, all, believe in this principal. Only this way can we produce a car that is a completely optimised package of all the elements and only this way do we have an opportunity to win Championships.


Formula One is a complex business and stability is essential to have a chance of success. Ferrari is now entering its sixth season with the current organisation and all our key staff have long term agreements.
Inevitably, there has been some development of the organisation. Giorgio Ascanelli remains in our family but is now responsible for the Technical Direction of Maserati Racing. At Ferrari he was responsible for R&D and this role has now passed to Ignazio Lunetta. The stability of Ferrari has enabled to instigate and benefit from long term planning, development and training programmes for our staff. We currently have student research projects at the Universities of Modena, Bologna, Milan, Turin, Pisa and Parma and we have a good intake of post graduate students each year, many whom have been involved with these projects. This stability has brought confidence and growth to our organisation, not complacency. We also continue to invest in our facilities for manufacturing, research and development. We are currently investing in an upgrade of our wind tunnel facility that will enable the model to be tested at higher speeds. This will give a better representation of the real car and track conditions.


Rory will give you a full overview of the Technical aspects of the car. This year was unique in that we could race our previous year’s car ‘ a car that didn’t do too badly. What was clear, unlike previous years, we did not need to build a car because of a change of regulations but we should only build a car if we believed it could be better. At the time when we would normally release the designs of the car we were not satisfied with the margin of improvement ‘ it was not enough. Because this was a year when we could run the old car, we decided to prolong the development to ensure we made an appreciable step in performance. This has resulted in a shorter period of testing before the first race. We will use the next 20 days to run the car at Fiorano and Mugello and then make our decision based on the normal parameters of performance and reliability.

06.02.2002: Barrichello: ‘I want to just think about racing’

Maranello, 6th February – In the meeting with the press immediately after the launch of the F2002, Rubens Barrichello seemed relaxed and optimistic about the forthcoming World Championship.“I feel good. Over these long months I had a good rest but at a certain point, I began to miss the car and the track. Michael said that I have not yet shown all my true potential I am very confident about this. We are a team that is very much in tune with one another, we work hard and are really like a big family. I love to race and so I believe that I will soon succeed in achieving satisfaction.”Regarding his contract that expires at the end of 2002, Barrichello declared: “I just want to think about racing and doing my best this season. I am thinking about 2002, not what will happen in 2003. My objective is to do well with Ferrari this year.” Rubens also spoke of his impressions of the new car. “The driving position is lower; we have a new Engineand the new gearbox means the gear changes are faster and more stable. It won’t be hard to get used to the new car.”Regarding the two offs Rubens suffered at Valencia and Barcelona, the Brasilian driver said: “In Valencia I just lost the car, if I had been at Mugello then nothing would have happened, but at Valencia the wall is really close. In Barcelona it was probably due to the slippery track.”

07.02.2002: Ferrari, the new car was revealed

Maranello, 7th February – Ferrari launched their innovative new Ferrari Formula One 2002 challenger in the new road car Engine factory at Maranello, Italy yesterday(Wednesday). The new car was revealed by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello in front of a 600 strong crowd of media, sponsors, partners, Ferrari dealers and local dignitaries.But there was also a strong link with the road cars, as Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello joined their 2002 car on the stage driving a Ferrari 575M Maranello road car, while a video was shown of the new car.After the unveiling, team principal Jean Todt revealed that “this beautiful new car” would begin testing this coming weekend at Fiorano, before moving on to Mugello for continued development. He pointed out that neither of the two test drivers, Luciano Burti nor Luca Badoer were present as they were testing new parts at Mugello. Todt pointed out that the motivation for the team “is not due to our success but to the failures which have caused us to be even more determined.” He pointed out that “we are proud to work with a top team. We all love each other and hope to be able to work together in the coming years.”Then technical director Ross Brawn took to the stage to describe the new car, pointing out that the team could still use last year’s car, because there had been few technical changes in the regulations. He said that the team had developed the Engineblock and gearbox. “This is the only way to totally optimise the car,” but Later changed over to adwithted that the they are separate entities.“We have not been forced to change the car,” he explained, “but we wanted to make the car better and at the time of the release of the new car’s design, we hadn’t made enough changes. So we thought we would take longer to ensure development and that the car was really improved, which leaves us less time for testing. We will now test for 20 days and take the decision on whether we will use the new car in the first few races or not.”Chief designer Rory Byrne explained the basic philosophy of the new car, “to improve aerodynamic efficiency, lower the centre of gravity and maximising Engine performance. Almost all parts have been redesigned and refined,” he continued, while many parts are of different materials. There will be more development in the next two weeks.The longitudinal, seven speed gearbox was, he said, “was completely new, including new materials. It is shorter, lighter and shifting is shorter. The chassis is also completely new in both shape and construction, and the result is a considerable reduction in weight.”The Engine director, Paolo Martinelli, explained that the 051 Engineis a further development of the 050 with improved weight, compactness, centre of gravity, consumption and reliability. “We worked with the chassis team, but have preserved the strengths of the 050,” he explained. “We have revised all the main parts of the Engine, including the block, the head has been redesigned, so has the crank. We have used new materials, new alloys.”Then it was the turn of the drivers to have their say. Rubens was brief: “I will do my best to win both championships for Ferrari,” he said. Michael, speaking Italian from notes, said “my motivation is unchanged, my targets and goals are still the same. We want to do it again, to become champions. Nothing is nicer than to win for Ferrari. Ferrari is my family and it’s beautiful to win for Ferrari.”Finally, it was the turn of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who praised the team’s innovative approach. ” We took a new road,” he said, it was a risky road, full of innovation.” He also paid tribute to Bridgestone’s tyres, with whom the team is now swapping philosophies. “This year the competition between the tyre manufacturers will be decisive,” he explained. He welcomed new sponsor Vodafone, while paying tribute to John Hogan of Marlboro, whom he first met in 1973 and who is leaving the Philip Morris.Returning to the competition theme, di Montezemolo continued that “We still have the passion, and we have respect for our competitors. We are still hungry for success and are aware of each championship. Innovation is part of the business,” he continued. “Ferrar is determined to win the World Championship, but for the first time in 11 years, I couldn’t ask the team to be better than last year. I will accept the same result as last year.”Amidst applause, di Montezemolo invited Enzo Ferrari’s son Piero Ferrari onto the stage with the chief executive of parent company Fiat, and the show was over. However, as everyone is aware, the next 20 days will be decisive as to whether the new car will be taken to Melbourne’