Wednesday February 28th, 2001
Benetton technical director Mike Gascoyne believes the team's decision to delay the launch of their car could cost them in the season-opener in Australia this weekend.
Gascoyne admitted that the decision to extend the development programme and reduce the amount of testing could turn out to be a hinderance in the Albert Park race.
"Pre-season testing has been somewhat limited due to a decision we made early in the design process to push things back and to have the car come out as late as possible," explained Gascoyne.
"That gave us time to concentrate on aerodynamic development but this meant that inevitably some compromises had to be made in the amount of running we have been able to do."
The team's new B201 has done little to impress in testing, and at its launch the team were subdued and playing down their chances.
However, Gascoyne is satisfied with Benetton's pre-season preparations, and is keen to see how the team will perform against their competitors in Melbourne.
He said: "Overall we are happy with what we have achieved and look forward to seeing the fruits of this in Melbourne."