Ralf happy with 2004 changes

Ralf happy with 2004 changes

Ralf Schumacher is happy with the recent changes to the format of race weekends for 2004 and is pleased to see an additional Grand Prix on the calendar. Friday qualifying has been scrapped and the day will revert to the previous format of two ...

Ralf Schumacher is happy with the recent changes to the format of race weekends for 2004 and is pleased to see an additional Grand Prix on the calendar. Friday qualifying has been scrapped and the day will revert to the previous format of two one-hour practice sessions. A two part qualifying will take place on Saturdays.

Ralf Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"I like the idea of having only practice sessions on Friday," said Schumacher. "This offers us the chance of working longer to find a reasonable set-up. And it's a great move for the fans and spectators as well, as the Saturday will be more interesting for them."

With the reinstatement of the Canadian Grand Prix, the F1 calendar will feature eighteen races in 2004, the most there's ever been in a season. "The more races the better," was Schumacher's opinion. "Racing is much more fun than testing."

Williams' engine partner BMW is also happy to see a slightly longer season: "Our feelings concerning the extension to 18 races are absolutely positive, as it will be for the benefit of fans and spectators," said motorsport director Mario Theissen.

The other major change to the weekend format is Friday testing being scrapped. This will not concern Williams as the team did not take part. However, teams that did test on Friday mornings will be able to run a third car in the practice sessions instead.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Mario Theissen
Teams Williams