Schuey shakes down a new Fez
Ferrari’s former F1 champion gives California the thumbs up, writes PAUL GOVER
MICHAEL Schumacher leave Ferrari alone. The retired racer has been back in action in the Italian team’s latest Formula One racer this year and has now logged seat time in the road-going California convertible, which he drove at Ferrari’s F1 test track, Fiorano.
Schuey compared notes with the company’s regular test drivers, Dario Benuzzi and Raffaele De Simone.
As the car continues down the road to fullscale production, testing has already revealed
just can’t a 0-100km/h sprint time better than four seconds.
Not surprisingly, Schumacher had good things to say about the car — which is already a sellout for next year in Australia — after testing every recent Ferrari road car including his personal Enzo supercar.
‘‘As with the 430 Scuderia, taking part in the project since the very beginning has been really fascinating and great fun,’’ he says.
‘‘Though the cars are very different, both offer unique driving pleasure because of the inherently sporty character of all of the cars that come out of Maranello. The 430 Scuderia is, of course, a more extreme model that focuses on cutting-edge performance.
‘‘However, though the Ferrari California is very much a grand tourer in terms of its usability and high level of interior comfort, it is still surprisingly sporty and fun to drive under all conditions.’’