AMD Congratulates Ferrari Team on Victory
Schumacher and Barrichello Finish First and Second in Season Opener
Melbourne, Australia --
The AMD (NYSE:AMD) supported Ferrari Formula One team scored an incredible one-two victory with six-time World Champion Michael Schumacher clocking his 71st win in Melbourne, Australia. Teammate Rubens Barrichello came in second to complete a total domination in the first race of the 2004 season.
The talent of both drivers is not to be under-estimated, but this victory was all about team work, as both drivers made clear after the race. "This is a fantastic team. I'm very proud of them, the car they've developed is incredible and although we have to keep our feet on the ground, we also keep pushing each other to greater things," said Rubens Barrichello.
AMD is proud to be a key contributing part of this victorious team and shares its core values of dedication and commitment to pushing the barriers of technical excellence. The driving force behind the success of this relationship lies with the implementation of AMD’s cutting-edge technology. AMD supplies Ferrari with powerful and reliable mobile PC systems and workstations based on the AMD Opteron™, AMD Athlon™ 64, mobile AMD Athlon 64, and AMD Athlon 64 FX processors for fast real-time performance diagnostics, fluid dynamics simulations, and telemetry applications.
An ecstatic Michael Schumacher declared, "Knowing how fantastic this car is and how great it is to drive makes this victory very exciting. I love what I do and to have a result like this is really fantastic."
"Today's result is a prime example of team work at its best, and I am very proud that AMD is part of such an exceptional group of people," said Henri Richard, AMD's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "AMD and Ferrari share the same core values of passion for competition and a desire for excellence, and even though Ferrari is at the top of its game it still pushes us further to come up with solutions ideal for its demanding work environment. At AMD we work to the needs of our customer and it is fantastic that Ferrari has chosen AMD as a technical sponsor. We look forward to pushing ourselves to the limit in the quest for perfection."
The evening before this victorious race, Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello joined AMD at a press conference to celebrate the extension of AMD's sponsorship contract with Ferrari until the end of 2006. AMD has become the latest key member of the Ferrari family to sign up through 2006, alongside Ferrari Team Principal Jean Todt, Technical Director Ross Brawn, Chief Designer Rory Byrne, Engine Director Paolo Martinelli and both drivers.
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