European Grand Prix - FREE PRACTICE 19th April 2000 Weather: Overcast. 10Â°C average Quite a good start to the weekend for both the BMW WilliamsF1 Team drivers Jenson Button and Ralf Schumacher who were 1st and 5th quickest respectively in...
European Grand Prix - FREE PRACTICE 19th April 2000
Weather: Overcast. 10°C average
Quite a good start to the weekend for both the BMW WilliamsF1 Team drivers Jenson Button and Ralf Schumacher who were 1st and 5th quickest respectively in the first free practice sessions for the European Grand Prix, even if Ralf was prevented from finishing the session by an engine failure.
Jenson Button Chassis: FW22 04 Best Time: 1:19.808 Best Position: 1st
"I don't want to get too excited as it's not qualifying. A lot is going to change even if I must admit that it would be nice to be among those at the very top tomorrow at this time. The car set up feels very well balanced and we just need to do some slight changes for tomorrow. Even from when we first arrived here the car felt good. When I went out and set the quickest time, I thought we were going to be quite close to the front but it came as quite a surprise to be at the very top!"
Ralf Schumacher Chassis: FW22 05 T-Car Chassis: FW22 03 Best Time: 1:20.548 Best Position: 5th
"I am obviously disappointed about being forced to retire before the end of the session but as it looked, we had a problem with the engine. Generally the car feels good, although I could not complete so many laps. But I am optimistic to work out a good set up for tomorrow's qualifying and I am confident that we could perform well both in wet and dry conditions."
Patrick Head (Technical Director, WilliamsF1)
"Jenson has had a very useful day and has done a lot of homework on tyre and brake wear and at the end he had a run on new tyres. He is fairly happy with his car. It's a pity for Ralf, who had too few laps in the second session to get to his optimum time."
Dr Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director)
"We are satisfied with our lap times today. It's nice to see for the first time one of the BMW WilliamsF1 Team drivers leading the pack, even if free practice has only a limited importance. No one knows what the other teams were running in terms of tyres and fuel. Furthermore, today's best times were achieved in varying weather conditions. Jenson became familiar with the Nurburgring very quickly, which is very impressive as it's a track completely unknown to him. At the end of the second session Ralf's car suffered an engine failure and we are investigating the cause."