BMW consider future options

BMW want to be champions by 2004 according to motorsport director Dr. Mario Theissen, who thinks more collaboration is needed with chassis partner Williams. The agreement between the engine manufacturer and Williams finishes at the end of 2004 and...

BMW want to be champions by 2004 according to motorsport director Dr. Mario Theissen, who thinks more collaboration is needed with chassis partner Williams. The agreement between the engine manufacturer and Williams finishes at the end of 2004 and Theissen said when that happens, there are three options for BMW as regards to its Formula One future.

"The options are building our own Formula One car, continuing our collaboration with Williams in a more appropriate form or quitting Formula One," Theissen said according to German news agency SID.

Williams finished second in the Constructors' standings while drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher were third and fourth in the Driver's championship. But Theissen said the gap between Williams and Ferrari is too big.

"We're too far behind Ferrari. We want to become world champions by 2004," Theissen added. "Only with perfect collaboration in all areas -- that includes the exchange of all data and the common use of computer simulations and research facilities -- can we beat Michael Schumacher."

Williams trailed Ferrari by 129 points at the end of the season and was 27 points clear of its nearest rival, third placed McLaren. Only one victory went to Williams this season, Ralf Schumacher in Malaysia, compared to four last year: three by Ralf and one by Montoya.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Michael Schumacher
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams