Berger unhappy with FW24

BMW Motorsport Director Gerhard Berger has admitted he expected better results from the new FW24 than have currently been achieved. Recent testing at Barcelona did not produce the hoped for advantage over rivals McLaren and Berger is not satisfied...

BMW Motorsport Director Gerhard Berger has admitted he expected better results from the new FW24 than have currently been achieved. Recent testing at Barcelona did not produce the hoped for advantage over rivals McLaren and Berger is not satisfied with the performance.

"It is true that after the first tests the new car did not produce the lap times we were expecting." He said. "I always regard the speed of a new car on its first outing as a very important sign. And, even taking into account the need to make chassis set-up changes, we are not satisfied."

Williams' drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya both expressed thier own disappointment last week with the new chassis, although the BMW engine won approval.

"I'm pleased, but I'm more impressed by the engine than the chassis," said Schumacher, "It's not as good as I'd have hoped for." Berger says that both engine and chassis need to be up to the task and one is no good without the other.

"I don't like to separate the chassis from the power unit." He commented. "We are talking about a whole package here, but it looks like McLaren are ahead of us."

Montoya set the fastest time in testing at Valencia yesterday and Williams will continue to test in Spain until moving to the Paul Ricard circuit in France for further work next week.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams McLaren , Williams