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Theissen welcomes new qualifying

Theissen welcomes new qualifying

BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen thinks the new qualifying system will bring added excitement to race weekends and welcomes the changes. Most are of the opinion that the introduction of one flying lap qualifying will produce some...

BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen thinks the new qualifying system will bring added excitement to race weekends and welcomes the changes. Most are of the opinion that the introduction of one flying lap qualifying will produce some interesting starting grids, although it's unlikely to make a radical difference over all.

Mario Theissen and Ralf Schumacher.
Photo by BMW PressClub.
"The existing measures are okay for us. We welcome the modified qualifying as it will boost excitement," Theissen told the BMW website. "There is no doubt that with the qualifying changes the race will also become more exciting when the top drivers will be further back in the field than expected."

As for the Williams drivers, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher, in qualifying this season, Theissen believes Schumacher was faster at setting up the car early on while Montoya took time to adjust.

"At the beginning of qualifying Ralf was usually quicker to adjust his car," he said. "Most of the time Juan Pablo fluffed at the beginning. For him it is important to adjust his car faster as he did this year in the rest of qualifying. If he succeeds then his name will attract a lot of positive attention again."

Montoya took seven pole positions, including the fastest ever qualifying lap in F1 history, in 2002 and said qualifying was the highlight of his season. However, none of those pole positions translated into a race win; Schumacher took Williams' sole victory of the season in Malaysia.

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