Ferrari F2008 drive only if needed
Seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher
gave his stamp of approval to the new Ferrari F2008 on Friday.
Speaking from Ferrari's joint press event with Ducati, the now-retired record-breaking driver gave his assessment of 2007
World Champion Kimi Raikkonen
's new car.
"Every year it's the same story, the car is very promising," he said.
"Obviously right now we don't have all the pieces in place and when you take a car out of the garage you need to make sure that all the systems are working, that there are no stupid mistakes. You need to make sure everything's OK," Schumacher continued.
"Like I said, it is as promising as we expected. To see where we are we need to see where our rivals are before we will know for sure if the car is good or bad."
Schumacher retired at the end of the 2006 season after a glittering career during which he broke almost every record in Formula One. Now he works as a special consultant for Ferrari and occasionally takes part in testing.
His exact role in the team has also been clarified after being a little vague during the course of last year.
"Now everything is clear. My role was new and it was not clear at first but now it has been properly defined," he declared. "My job is to work on the developpment of the car and on the sporting management side."
As for any upcoming tests in the 2008 F1 machine, the German answered: "We have not yet established any dates, nothing is decided."
"We will evaluate depending on the situation," Schumacher added. "If the team need me to drive I will, but not too often."