Ferrari F2002

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Ferrari F2002
Auto racing Formula One
Constructor Ferrari
Automotive design Rory Byrne
Technical Specifications
Chassis Carbon fiber Monocoque
Suspension (front) independent, pushrod-activated, torsion spring
Suspension (rear) independent, pushrod-activated, torsion spring
Internal combustion engine Ferrari 051/B/C V10 engine (90°) Naturally-aspirated engine
Transmission (mechanics) Ferrari 7-speed longitudinal automatic sequential
Fuel Royal Dutch Shell
Tire Bridgestone
Competition History
Notable entrants Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Notable drivers 1. Michael Schumacher
2. Rubens Barrichello
Debut 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix
 Races   Wins    Pole position     Fastest lap   
20 16 12 11
Constructors' Championships 2 (2002 Formula One season & 2003 Formula One season)
Drivers' Championships 2 (2002 Formula One season & 2003 Formula One season)

The Ferrari F2002 was one of the most successful Formula One car designs of all time. Designed by Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne and Paolo Martinelli, it won sixteen Grands Prix, from a total of twenty races in 2002 and 2003.

The car was much lighter than its predecessor, the F2001. Powered by a 3.0 litre V10 engine which had a very low Centre of gravity, the F2002 had excellent handling. Bridgestone developed special tyres, suited specifically for the car. Aerodynamically, the Ferrari was well ahead of the contemporary WilliamsF1 BMW Sauber but perhaps a little down on power, and on a par with, or slightly ahead of the 2002 season's McLaren car. The F2002 was the fastest car of the season, and Ferrari's rivals were unable to compete because it was one of the most complete racing cars ever designed.

Using the Pomeroy Index system, Motor Sport magazine recently determined that the F2002 is the fastest Formula One car of all time.

Contents

Team Personnel behind the F2002


The majority of the conceptual design work for the Ferrari F2002 was by Ferrari's legendary South Africa chassis designer Rory Byrne and the engine design by Ferrari's Paolo Martinelli. The project was overseen by the team's technical director Ross Brawn. A vast army of other team personnel oversaw the running of the team and the project.

Concept and Design


Previous to the introduction of the F2002, Ferrari had used their championship winning Ferrari F2001 for the first few races of 2002.

The F2002 was not only a development of the championship-winning Ferrari F2001, but a completely revolutionary model involving many technologies not seen previously. Since the late 1990s Ferrari had been using the same basic concept and design of gearbox and although this had been used to win drivers and constructors titles from 1999 onwards the technical team pushed ahead with a new version instead. The new replacement gearbox casing was made of ultra lightweight and higher strength titanium, thus reducing its weight by as much as 15% and lowering the car's centre of gravity. The new compact design allowed for great advancement in the bodywork and increasing the car's aerodynamic efficiency at the rear.

However such was the extent of the gearbox casing redesign that the aerodynamic work was left behind schedule and initially did not represent the same performance gains as the mechanical engineering. Thus Ferrari continued its design for another two months and only first used the F2002 at the third round of the 2002 season having been using the previous year's F2001 chassis, albeit with many alterations and the inclusion of the Ferrari 051 2002 engine.

Other advancements on the car include the clutchless direct shift technology within the gearbox, a new fluid traction control system to replace the previous 2001 traction control system, and upright aerodynamically shaped periscopic exhaust outlets at the rear. The latter technology was incorporated both to use the hot exhaust gases for aerodynamic effct and to raise these gases higher and out the way of the rear suspension. On previous occasion Ferrari's non chimneyed top exiting exhaust outlets had caused the rear suspension and other elements at the rear of the car to overheat or even melt when minor cracks occurred.

Race History


Michael Schumacher driving the F2002 at the 2002 French Grand Prix, the race at which he won the 2002 Formula One season Drivers' Championship.

At its first race in 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix, the F2002 was victorious, being driven by Michael Schumacher and continuing Ferrari's trend since 1999 for its cars to win on their debut. Michael Schumacher clinched second on the grid and after a first lap altercation with Juan Pablo Montoya, took a somewhat easy win from his brother Ralf Schumacher's Williams. There was some controversy surrounding tyre allocation because the team only had one F2002 chassis at the race. Therefore Schumacher's spare car was an F2001 chassis and because the two chassis used different wheel rim designs each required separate wheels and tyres. It was thus argued that Schumacher had in-effect twice the allocation of tyres as any other driver. The controversy was managed by Ferrari agreeing to aggregate their tyre usage between the two cars, ensuring that Schumacher used the same total number of tyres as all the other drivers.

What followed was a season of domination, the likes of which had not been seen since McLaren's 1988 Formula One season. With the F2002, Schumacher scored 10 more victories, his total of 11 wins was a record for the season, while Rubens Barrichello scored four. The only race that the car failed to win was at 2002 Monaco Grand Prix, while the F2001 did not take the 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix. Furthermore, Schumacher finished every race on the podium, never finishing lower than second with the F2002. The German won the world championship in record time, clinching the title at the 11th race of the season in France. The two Ferrari drivers were comfortably first and second in the drivers' championship, and Ferrari scored as many points (221) as the rest of the teams put together.

Such was Ferrari's dominance that Schumacher and Barrichello were criticized for swapping finishes at Austria and United States.

The F2002 was still competitive at the beginning of 2003, and Schumacher took the car's last win in the 2003 San Marino Grand Prix before it was replaced by the F2003-GA for the next race.

Complete Formula One results

(F1 driver results legend 2) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team/
Chassis
Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
2002 Formula One season Ferrari
F2002
Ferrari 051 V10 engine Bridgestone 2002 Australian Grand Prix 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix 2002 San Marino Grand Prix 2002 Spanish Grand Prix 2002 Austrian Grand Prix 2002 Monaco Grand Prix 2002 Canadian Grand Prix 2002 European Grand Prix 2002 British Grand Prix 2002 French Grand Prix 2002 German Grand Prix 2002 Hungarian Grand Prix 2002 Belgian Grand Prix 2002 Italian Grand Prix 2002 United States Grand Prix 2002 Japanese Grand Prix 221* 1st
Michael Schumacher 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1
Rubens Barrichello 2 DNS 2 7 3 1 2 DNS 4 1 2 1 1 2
2003 Formula One season Ferrari
F2002B
Ferrari 051B V10 engine Bridgestone 2003 Australian Grand Prix 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix 2003 San Marino Grand Prix 2003 Spanish Grand Prix 2003 Austrian Grand Prix 2003 Monaco Grand Prix 2003 Canadian Grand Prix 2003 European Grand Prix 2003 French Grand Prix 2003 British Grand Prix 2003 German Grand Prix 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix 2003 Italian Grand Prix 2003 United States Grand Prix 2003 Japanese Grand Prix 158** 1st
Michael Schumacher 4 6 Ret 1
Rubens Barrichello Ret 2 Ret 3

* 207 points with the F2002
** 32 points scored with the F2002B

See also

References

  • Hughes, M. 2007. Over-ruled?. Motor Sport. LXXXIII/3, p. 44
  • Alan Henry (2002). AUTOCOURSE 2002-2003. Hazleton Publishing Ltd.. pp. 44–48. ISBN 1-903135-10-9. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Ferrari F2001
Autosport
Racing Car Of The Year

2002
Succeeded by
Bentley Speed 8
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