The BMW WilliamsF1 Team today completed a four day testing session at Monza, Italy. Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya were scheduled to undertake testing duties for the three days, however, following Ralf's accident at the end of the...
The BMW WilliamsF1 Team today completed a four day testing session at Monza, Italy. Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya were scheduled to undertake testing duties for the three days, however, following Ralf's accident at the end of the afternoon session on day one, official test driver, Marc Gené stepped in to deputise for the German for the remainder of the test.
Ralf, despite feeling fit and well, stayed overnight on Tuesday in the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan for precautionary observation. He returned home to Austria on Wednesday to rest.
In preparation for the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the team focused on set up configurations for the high speed, low downforce track which is notoriously hard on the car. Brake stability is an important competitive factor due to the long breaking periods, and as a consequence, brake investigations were a focus for the test. In association with tyre supplier Michelin, the team continued to make progress with its development programme.
Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):
"The team concluded a good week of work here after a difficult start with Ralf's accident. Thankfully Ralf was unhurt and we were also able to quickly identify and resolve the problem which caused the incident."
"We had a productive test over a wide variety of development areas which will give us a number of significant steps for the forthcoming race. We found improvements in casings and compounds as part of our normal long term development programme. As a result of the progress we have made together with Michelin this week, we will also be bringing good improvements to the tyres for the Italian Grand Prix."
Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
"The most important news from this test is, that Ralf has overcome his accident without injuries. Of course, the accident did hamper our programme to a degree. We have lost some time and Ralf's feedback on the car. But still, we have recorded good results during the test, especially with regard to set up and tyres, as well as aerodynamics. We had no engine problems during the entire test and achieved good mileage. We are pleased with our performance and the team looks well prepared for the Monza race."