European GP: Williams Friday practice notes

Ralf Schumacher was third fastest today, at the end of the second Free Practice session for the European Grand Prix, while team mate Juan Pablo Montoya set the 11th time. Ralf Schumacher: "I am not unhappy with my result in Free Practice...

Ralf Schumacher was third fastest today, at the end of the second Free Practice session for the European Grand Prix, while team mate Juan Pablo Montoya set the 11th time.

Ralf Schumacher:

"I am not unhappy with my result in Free Practice today, even if it's clear that there's quite a lot of work ahead of us. With regards to the set-up, we are on the right way but it's clear that there is some good room for improvement. Tyre choice will be very difficult and critical. We need to have a careful look at the data we have collected, before taking a decision."

Juan Pablo Montoya:

"I wasn't on the same wavelength as my car today. I was expecting some difficulties in setting it up and this caused more of a problem than I thought. The car is quite hard to drive and most of all unpredictable. If you look at what Ralf has achieved, it's clear that the potential is there, so we just need to focus on our problems and hopefully solve them by tomorrow."

Sam Michael (Technical Director, WilliamsF1):

"We have gone through our programme for the race, testing different brake ducts and tyres. We should be competitive here. There is some more work to do on the set-up and we need to carefully analyse the tyre data."

Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):

"The field is very tight today, with eleven drivers squeezed in just one second. Both our drivers could complete their programme and neither engine experienced any problems. Encouragingly, Ralf set a very fast lap."

Ralf Schumacher
Chassis: FW26 07
(Spare car FW26 05)
Free practice 1: 8th, 1:31.680
Free practice 2: 3rd, 1:29.677

Juan Pablo Montoya
Chassis: FW26 06
Free practice 1: 11th, 1:31.782
Free practice 2: 11th, 1:30.337

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams