Monday March 19th, 2001
Jean Todt has reiterated his commitment to Ferrari as he revels in the Maranello-based team's excellent start to the season.
Sporting director Todt, who joined the team in 1993, is delighted with the stability and consistency shown in all elements of the team, from the mechanics and engineers to reigning world champion Michael Schumacher and his team-mate Rubens Barrichello.
"The team has been stable since 1997," said Todt. "And Ferrari has been competitive since then.
"We are all committed to staying with the team for some time to come - and there are commitments that are a lot worse!"
Before the start of the season Todt, technical director Ross Brawn, chief designer Rory Byrne, and engine designer Paulo Martinelli all signed up with Ferrari until the end of 2004.
That could mean more of the same for the next four seasons and after Ferrari's Sepang supremacy, that leaves the rest of the grid with a lot to think about.
"We saw two drivers who were lapping four or five seconds quicker than everyone else," said Todt, impressed by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello's pace.
But it was the car that contributed most to the dominance of their rivals, and McLaren are clearly off the pace.
"One has to begin with a car that is competitive right at the start of the season," said the Ferrari man. "Results until now seem to suggest we have the best."