Ferrari prepare for the demanding Suzuka circuit

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Ferrari travel to Japan for this weekend's Suzuka Formula One Grand Prix with the both Drivers' and Constructors titles already won.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Ferrari travel to Japan for this weekend's Suzuka Formula One Grand Prix with the both Drivers' and Constructors titles already won. But the team is still motivated to win the penultimate race of the season at the notoriously tough 5.8-kilometre circuit. Ferrari domination Ferrari have dominated Formula One again this season. They have already won their sixth consecutive Constructors title and have helped Michael Schumacher to a seventh world drivers championship. So with two races remaining in the 2004 calendar one could be forgiven for thinking they might lift their foot off the gas and start preparing for next season. But that belies the work ethic and motivation that has transformed the Italian marque into one of the world's greatest ever racing teams. This weekend they travel to Japan for the GP of Suzuka - one of the toughest and longest circuits in the calendar. Getting prepared Marco Fainello, Head of Vehicle Dynamics at Scuderia Ferrari, believes that despite lack of data from the circuit they still have a car to win. "The cars in one year's development change a lot - engine, aerodynamics, chassis, tyres - so the car we are using this year will be quite different and faster than last year," said Fainello. After testing last week at Jerez in Spain, and this week at the home test track at Mugello, Ferrari are confident that they and tyre manufacturer Bridgestone have enough test miles to cope with the long and fast cornering demanding Suszuka circuit. "Suzuka's quite a hard track for tyres - and other parts of the car - it means that a very soft compound cannot be used. It must be a good compromise between grip and durability. The track is very long with very high speed corners so the tyres must be prepared in such a way to give the driver confidence to push the car without making mistakes," said Fainello. Dream run Ferrari's phenomenal success can be attributed in large part to the synergenic business model where every component is not seen in isolation but as an essential value added part of the total project. And that extends to outside suppliers like Bridgestone. And that approach has proved hugely successful - for six years Ferrari have consistently proved themslve head and shoulders above the competition. This weekend will offer them and drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello the chance to extend their dominance - and the chance for a 15th season victory. (AP)