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New Ferrari Will be 'Pretty Special', Says Byrne

Thursday November 15th, 2001

Ferrari's 2002 challenger will be a "pretty special" car, according to the Italian team's chief designer Rory Byrne.

"The 2002 car will be very different from this year's," Byrne said. "When you see it you'll understand why. It is pretty special. It will run a unitary engine/gearbox, and will have been developed in our revised wind tunnel."

Ferrari, who clinched their third consecutive Constructors' Championship in 2001 with nine race wins, have yet to announce when they will unveil their new car.

Byrne, confirming what technical director Ross Brawn suggested earlier this month, said the Maranello-based outfit could begin the new season with the old F2001 if the new machine is not ready in time.

However, the 57-year old South African believes Ferrari would be on the pace even with the 2001 car.

"Rather than develop a car at races, we may just run the old car until the new one is ready," Byrne added. "It should still be on the pace. The regulations have changed so little design-wise and aerodynamically that a car can be carried over for the first time in many a year."

Published at 14:46:44 GMT

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