Thursday February 1st, 2001
Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher broke the track record at Fiorano on his first outing in the new Ferrari F2001.
Schumacher set a time of 59.505 seconds - half a second faster than his own track record, set in 1998 (of 1:00.04), and Badoer's 2000 track record, set a year ago (of 1:00.226).
The German driver said the new car met all his expectations. "The car drives very cleanly and feels very good. The cornering is very stable. All our expectations are being met," the German said after 30 trouble-free laps on a bright morning at Ferrari's test track in northern Italy.
"The car reacted as we would expect to changes in the set-up," he added. "Now we have to look at what problems may arise. There will be problems and we must find and solve them."
Technical director Ross Brawn, who at the official launch last Monday described the F2001 as the best Ferrari the team had ever built, attended the session with team boss Jean Todt and Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.
Ferrari were also testing with last year's F1-2000 cars at two other tracks on Thursday.
Brazilian Rubens Barrichello was at the Barcelona circuit while Italian Fabrizio Giovanardi, standing in for the injured Badoer, tested straight line speed at Vairano in Italy.