The results of the F2002 speak volumes for the strength of the team and the car: 15 wins out of the 17 races run, 9 one-two finishes and 10 pole positions. The Drivers’ title was in the bag as early as Magny-Cours, Schumacher’s fifth. By Budapest the Constructors’ title was secured.

The similarities with the F2001 were deceptive as the new car had been totally redesigned to achieve the best performance. The chassis was a new, much lighter structure. The sidepods, radiators, exhaust systems and the whole rear end were fine tuned to improve the aerodynamic efficiency and help cool the engine. The new 051 engine was paired with a fused titanium gearbox that significantly reduced clutter. A lot of attention was also paid to optimising the weight distribution.

Type rear, longitudinal 90° V10
Bore/stroke 96 x 41.4 mm
Unitary displacement 299.66 cc
Total displacement 2996.62 cc
Compression ratio 12.6 : 1
Maximum power 614 kW (835 hp) at 17,800 rpm
Power per litre 279 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, four valves per cylinder
Fuel feed Magneti Marelli electronic indirect injection
Ignition electronic, single spark plug per cylinder
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch multi-plate
Frame honeycomb and carbon-fibre composite monocoque
Front suspension independent push-rod, twin wishbones, torsion bar springs, telescopic shock absorbers
Rear suspension independent push-rod, twin wishbones, torsion bar springs, telescopic shock absorbers
Brakes carbon-carbon composite discs
Transmission electro-hydraulic 7-speed + reverse
Steering mechanical power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Fuel tank -
Front tyres 13”, Bridgestone
Rear tyres 13”, Bridgestone