The BMW WilliamsF1 Team started the New Year with a four day test at the Jerez circuit in Spain. The test team was supported by driver Ralf Schumacher and test team driver Marc GenÃ©. The weather provided both wet and dry conditions for tyre work...
The BMW WilliamsF1 Team started the New Year with a four day test at the Jerez circuit in Spain. The test team was supported by driver Ralf Schumacher and test team driver Marc Gené. The weather provided both wet and dry conditions for tyre work and continuing development for the new FW25 and P83 BMW engine. A positive start for the 2003 winter testing programme.
Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):
"We have started our 2003 test program in Spain. Ralf Schmacher and Marc Gené have been testing in Jerez with Olivier Berreta testing in Barcelona for the last two days."
"Although we had some dry weather it has been predominantly wet and intermediate conditions. This has meant our focus has been towards wet tyre development with Michelin, traction control and setup work. Michelin have made some good progress on wet tyres and the direction is interesting, now that you can only have one specification of wet tyre for racing in 2003."
Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
"We have had a very productive four day test at Jerez. Marc Gené was driving with our new engine and we have continued development work on the P83. Within this programme we have tested new components and also worked on the engine's set-up. We have made good progress in our development programme of the new engine. Meanwhile Ralf Schumacher's FW24 has been equipped with an P82 engine to support chassis and tyre testing. The weather conditions permitted some rain tyre testing also."