It was a positive outcome for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team at the Qualifying session for the 2002 Hungarian Grand Prix. Drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya will start from the second row, having achieved third and fourth on the grid despite...
It was a positive outcome for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team at the Qualifying session for the 2002 Hungarian Grand Prix. Drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya will start from the second row, having achieved third and fourth on the grid despite the Hungaroring not being the ideal track for the FW24. The gap between Ralf and Barrichello's Ferrari, on pole, was only 0.4 second.
"I must say thanks to the team for having achieved such a good starting position. I really did not expect this. We have had a very difficult weekend so far, going through ups and downs. The car was difficult to drive and I had an off in my third qualifying run. Throughout qualifying we tried dramatically different set up changes from the direction we were originally going and the car improved but it was just not good enough to achieve a better time in my last run. I have never made so many changes to my car than this during a qualifying session."
Juan Pablo Montoya
"Given the Ferrari superiority, especially in Budapest, second row is not too bad. But I am definitely not happy with my qualifying result. I really could not find the right balance for my car. We tried various set ups options and made quite a lot of changes, but it never seemed to achieve a more positive outcome."
Patrick Head (Technical Director, WilliamsF1):
"The team had to work very hard with many set-up changes. Everyone has done a very good job to get the best out of the car. Ralf was happier than Juan so we adjusted his car towards Ralf's set up but it didn't prove to be an improvement for him. Now we want to race at least to the standard of our grid position, but Ferrari are clearly in a league above at present."
Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
"This was really a successful qualifying, considering the gap from Ferrari we had in Free Practice. Ralf especially has shown a great performance and has exploited the whole potential of the car. Such a small margin from Ferrari was not to be expected especially on this track. Juan has clearly had a few problems in getting it together. Nevertheless, it's even more satisfying that in spite of his time gap, he will start the race from second row. We have achieved what we think were the best positions for us here."
Ralf Schumacher: 3rd
Chassis: FW24 06
Best time: 1.13,746 min
Juan Pablo Montoya: 4th
Chassis: FW24 05
Best time: 1.14,706 min