BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen gives an inside view of the BMW WilliamsF1 Team's preparations for the 15th Grand Prix of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship at Monza. Dr Mario Theissen. Photo by BMW PressClub. "From a...
BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen gives an inside view of the BMW WilliamsF1 Team's preparations for the 15th Grand Prix of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship at Monza.
"From a BMW point of view, the high speed circuit in the Royal Park in Monza is always a special challenge. It's a place where downforce plays a far less important role, ensuring minimum air resistance the wings are raced in a flat position -- but it's at Monza where the engines have to prove what they are truly capable of and what they can withstand."
"At 68 percent, Monza offers the longest full-throttle section on the calendar. The main straight, at 1,236 meters, is the second longest on the F1 calendar, after Indianapolis. That means 14 seconds of full power, with more than half of that in top gear."
"In respect of these requirements we have always presented our last development phase of the year's current engine at the Italian Grand Prix. This will be no different in 2004 with the BMW P84 engine."
"I am convinced that the BMW P84 engine continues to set the benchmark in Formula One. As far as power and revs in qualifying are concerned, some of our competitors have caught up. However, to reach this limit over a race distance, and to keep it in seventh gear, a whole ten seconds every lap, means huge thermal and mechanical strain. To master this challenge is a special strength of the BMW P84 engine."
"The maximum qualifying revs, which we will also allow the drivers to use during the race, is about 19,000 rpm. The first time we exceeded the 19,000 limit was back in 2002 when Juan Pablo used it to take pole position at Monza. That was something new in Formula One. Since then, the mileage of the engines has continually increased."
"In 2003 the same engine used in qualifying had to be used in the race, while in 2004 an engine must last the whole weekend. For the BMW engineers in Munich it was an ambitious goal to increase the life span of the engine to cover over 800 kilometres without any loss of revs and power output. But they achieved it. Combined with the continued chassis development we should be well-prepared for Monza."