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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 July, 2004, 09:04 GMT 10:04 UK
Ferrari scrap 2005 model
Ross Brawn
Ferrari have stopped development on their 2005 car and could start next season with their current machine, technical director Ross Brawn has said.

New regulations to reduce car speeds are likely to be in place for the start of next season which means teams will need to rethink their machine designs.

"We had started next year's car and done quite a lot of work on it and most of that is now scrapped," said Brawn.

"A lot of teams will look at taking their old cars to the first few races."

He added: "I think it will be a struggle for teams to do a really good job for the first race of the season and I think a lot of teams will choose to have a compromise for the first few races to do a better job for the subsequent races.

We look upon it as a new challenge and a new set of rules we have to build the best car to
Ross Brawn

"We have had to stop gearbox design and have put a hold on some of the chassis design. The engine that we were making has been stopped."

Although the new regulations would cause inconvenience Brawn admits that they are needed.

"We accept the changes are necessary and we look upon it as a new challenge and a new set of rules we have to build the best car to," he said.

Brawn also added that the imminent upheaval could have been avoided if the teams had been more prompt in responding to appeals from the FIA (the sport's governing body) to suggest ways of slowing cars up.

"We have only got ourselves to blame because we didn't respond early enough and what we have now is what you always have as a consequence of making rule changes that late."

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