Williams Barcelona test summary 2003-07-08/11

The BMW WilliamsF1 team today completed a successful four day split testing programme in Barcelona and Ladoux. Ralf Schumacher, Marc Gené and Marko Asmer undertook testing duties in Barcelona whilst Olivier Beretta carried out tyre work for ...

The BMW WilliamsF1 team today completed a successful four day split testing programme in Barcelona and Ladoux. Ralf Schumacher, Marc Gené and Marko Asmer undertook testing duties in Barcelona whilst Olivier Beretta carried out tyre work for Michelin in Ladoux.

In preparation for the forthcoming British Grand Prix, Ralf and Marc concentrated on set- up configurations and tyre selection as well as focusing on the aero and mechanical variables of the FW25. During the week, both drivers completed race simulations and performed endurance running for BMW.

With back-to-back one-two finishes in Nürburgring and Magny-Cours, victory in Monaco and the only constructor to have scored points in every race this season, the BMW WilliamsF1 Team travel to Silverstone next weekend for their home Grand Prix with hopes of further success and securing the lead in the Constructor's Championship.

Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):

"We ran a split test this week at Barcelona and Ladoux. With the implementation of the test ban on Monday, it was the last opportunity for all of the teams to test for almost 2 months so we all had fairly busy schedules to complete. In total, we managed to cover over 4000kms securing invalauble information for the forthcoming races. For the majority of both tests, we were lucky enough to have hot weather with ambient temperatures averaging 33°C and track temperatures above 50°C each day."

"Marc Gené and Marko Asmer started off the test in Barcelona with a day of aero and suspension measurements. Marc did a fantastic job for us, particularly if you consider how many miles he covered this week. Marko Asmer also proved himself to be a keen and competent worker in the car providing us with some great feedback."

"Ralf joined Marc for the remainder of the test in Barcelona and recorded a significant number of laps whilst working through his schedule. Both drivers concentrated on tyre evaluations with Michelin, mechanical setup work, software development work as well as completing race simulations and endurance running for the engine."

"In Ladoux, Olivier Beretta concentrated on a tyre programme for Michelin. Tyre testing is such an important element to our test programme, clearly demonstrated by the advantage that Michelin has demonstrated in recent Grands Prix, and the work we did on the last day confirmed our tyre choices for the upcoming Grand Prix at Silverstone. The team tested and verified a couple of key changes that we made to the cars a few races ago so we're encouraged by that. Several innovative development directions also arose during the week which we are looking to incorporate in the next few races, so we should be fairly well prepared for the rest of the European rounds."

"The time and effort put in behind the scenes between races by everyone on the test team is a crucial element of our racing programme. Combined with the efforts made by our technical suppliers, we can hopefully maintain our current performance level and secure some more Championship points."

-williams-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Marc Gene , Marko Asmer , Olivier Beretta
Teams Williams