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The Scuderia Ferrari Three-Time Grand Prix Winning
No combination of car and driver has reigned more dominantly than Ferrari and Michael Schumacher.
To date, Ferrari holds the record amongst Formula 1 constructors with 16 Grand Prix World Championships. Michael Schumacher holds the record amongst drivers with seven Grand Prix World Championships. In the 10-year partnership between Ferrari and Schumacher, Ferrari won six consecutive Constructor’s Championships and Schumacher won five consecutive Driver’s Championships. In the 181 races entered with Ferrari, Schumacher secured 117 podium finishes, 72 of which were wins. Not to be overlooked, however, was the performance of Schumacher’s teammate, Rubens Barrichello. In 104 races with Ferrari, Barrichello secured 55 podium finishes with nine wins. Additionally, Rubens consistently ranked among the top drivers in points, often second to Schumacher.
Perhaps it seemed easy. Schumacher certainly made it appear so, but once you’re on top it often takes an even greater effort to stay there. Fortunately for Schumacher, his talent was met with Ferrari’s dedication to building the world’s best car.
For the 2002 season, Ferrari sought to clinch yet another title and Schumacher was presented with the opportunity to tie the great Juan Manuel Fangio with five career World Championships. Running with continuingly improving success, Barrichello was also primed for an epic season.
In the hands of Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, and Paolo Martinelli, the F2002 was a substantially redesigned car over the F2001. Emphasis was given to lowering the car’s center of gravity, much of which was done with the ingenious placement of its mechanical components. Although the car was inevitably heavier than its predecessor, weighing in at 600 kg fully laden, the chassis itself was lighter and stronger. The chassis design was also significantly different in shape given the intensive aerodynamic development program. Suspension and steering were heavily improved upon, mostly by method of manufacture.
The F2002’s aerodynamics were also significantly altered, with modified placement of the cooling systems and exhaust. The radiators were now tilted to lower the overall height, and the exhaust outlet was moved inward and upward, also notably pushing exhaust back as opposed to up. Both of these changes demonstrably improved the Ferrari’s performance, and would eventually be seen on competitors’ cars.
Ferrari designed an entirely new titanium gearbox, which offered seven forward gears and semiautomatic sequential operation. The 3.0-liter V-10 engine, type 051, was engineered with a focus on reducing reciprocating masses and internal friction to improve engine response and power. Horsepower of the F2002 remains undisclosed to this day.
Although initial reliability issues arose, preseason testing revealed the enormous potential of the new F2002: it broke the Maranello track record by more than a second in its first attempt. Although the season was well underway, the F2002 was introduced at the Brazilian Grand Prix with the running of a sole example, chassis 220. In its first competitive outing, chassis 220 was driven by Schumacher from second on pole to victory. “The car was perfect,” Schumacher remarked after the race. “We had no problems, but it was a very tight race with Ralf [Schumacher]. I was confident I could win and winning in the new car makes us optimistic for other races. I’m a lot more optimistic for circuits where last year we traditionally struggled.”
For the following race, the Grand Prix of San Marino, Ferrari had completed the second car, and chassis 220 was given to Rubens Barrichello. In his first race in the new F2002, Barrichello set the fastest lap and secured a podium finish, in second place after Schumacher. After the race, Rubens commented, “I am very happy with this result, especially as I scored no points in the first three races. It is wonderful to finish first and second in front, driving a brilliant car and it had the best balance and set up I have seen.”
On May 12, 2002, chassis 220 repeated the result with Barrichello at the Austrian Grand Prix after a controversial end to the race in which Barrichello moved aside to hand Schumacher the win. The Monaco Grand Prix was to be Ferrari’s only losing race of the season, with Rubens finishing 7th in the car. At the European Grand Prix, Barrichello proved a worthy driver, bettering his teammate and bringing chassis 220 to victory. At Silverstone, for the Grand Prix of Britain, Schumacher placed first, with Barrichello and chassis 220 right behind. In chassis 220’s last race, the Grand Prix of Hungary, Barrichello pulled off another win. The F2002 was unstoppable, and chassis 220 played in integral role in the championship year. Ferrari continued to race the F2002 for four races in the 2003 season before the F2003-GA was introduced at the 2003 Spanish Grand Prix.
In essence, the F2002 was by far the best Formula 1 Ferrari ever designed. Ferrari had entered the F2002 in 15 races in the 2002 season, claimed 14 victories, and in most cases, both teammates were present on the winners’ platform. Ferrari accrued 221 constructor’s points in 2002, while the remaining constructors’ points totaled 221. A later study by Motorsport magazine, using the Pomeroy Index system, determined the F2002 to be the fastest Formula 1 car of all time.
In 2003, Ferrari offered F2002 chassis 220 for sale through their Corse Clienti program. As one of Ferrari’s greatest Formula 1 cars and a very important chassis – integral in the remarkable championship season – chassis 220 sold quickly to one of Ferrari’s best American clients.
Offered here after singular private ownership, the F2002 remains as it left Ferrari. The car’s livery remains original to the factory, as do its major mechanical components. The F2002 has only been tracked twice since it left the factory and has a fantastic “as-raced” appearance, with meticulous attention to detail and the slightest hints at the car’s significant racing use.
Contemporary competition cars are prized for their race wins and the drivers who brought them to victory. In addition to the car’s inherent importance as a champion Formula 1 Ferrari, chassis 220 is the first Ferrari since 1977 to win in the hands of both team drivers. Furthermore, the F2002 represents a dominant era in motor sport, qualified by the numerous successes of its constructor and drivers. To describe chassis 220 as simply a winning car is to overlook the depth of its success. The F2002, though just 11 years old, is already a legend amongst Formula 1 cars. The Scuderia Ferrari of the era is equally as legendary, principally made so by the brilliance of Michael Schumacher and the dependable talent of Rubens Barrichello.