Ferrari team leader, Michael Schumacher has welcomed the decision to use their new car - the F2005 - in Bahrain next weekend, following a dismal start to the season, which has seen the defending champion score just two points after his seventh place finish at the Malaysia Grand Prix last weekend.

Speaking following confirmation yesterday that the Scuderia will take the new specification car to the Sakhir circuit on April 3, the German reckoned it was the right way to go.

"I can only be happy about the decision to use the new car already at the next race," he confirmed.

"Already Wednesday at my first test with it, it gave me a good feeling."

The German, who had his first run in the F2005 at the Mugello circuit this week, ran 81 laps and set a best time of 1m 21.233s.

"I was able to do a lot of laps," he added.

"During the day it got going better and better and at the end of the day we had gathered a lot of valuable data. I am looking forward to the first entry of the F2005."

Ferrari will take two F2005s to Bahrain - one for Schumacher and one for his team-mate, Rubens Barrichello. The F2004 M used in Australia and Malaysia will be on hand as the back-up car.

 

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