Gene to continue as Williams tester

Gene to continue as Williams tester

Marc Gené will continue as official test and reserve driver for Williams through 2004, the team confirmed on October 31st. The Spaniard has been Williams tester for three years and in September this season stood in for Ralf Schumacher at the ...

Marc Gen? will continue as official test and reserve driver for Williams through 2004, the team confirmed on October 31st. The Spaniard has been Williams tester for three years and in September this season stood in for Ralf Schumacher at the Italian Grand Prix. Gen? came home a creditable fifth at Monza, which put him three places ahead of three other drivers in the standings with only one race to his credit.

Marc Gene.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"I am delighted to continue my relationship with the BMW WilliamsF1 Team for next year," said Gen?. "2003 has been a very busy and special year, busy because so far this season I have completed 24,000 testing kilometres, and obviously special since it marked my debut with the team as a race driver at Monza, a race I really enjoyed. For next season, my goal is to assist the team in every way to win the World Championship."

Williams Chief Operations Engineer Sam Michael said: "Testing is the backbone of our racing performance and the essential hard grind of the job. I'm confident that the BMW WilliamsF1 Team could have no-one better as the mainstay of our testing programme."

"Marc is quick, consistent, and provides the team engineers with excellent and intelligent feedback. It gives me great confidence to know that he will be with the team again next year. I'm also comfortable knowing that Marc, if needed, can also race competitively as he showed this season."

Principal Frank Williams speaks highly of Gen?'s contributions to the team: "We are fortunate to have a driver of Marc's calibre who can test with metronomic precision and efficiency, but who also has the racecraft and depth of experience to represent the team at a Grand Prix when circumstances require," he said.

"I am very pleased that we have managed to extend our relationship for another season given that Marc's testing knowledge and abilities are highly regarded elsewhere."

Aside from racking up nearly 42,000 km of test time with Williams, Gen? was previously successful in Spanish karting events, Formula Ford and Formula 3. He debuted in Formula One with Minardi in 1999, after having a test with the team the previous year, and finished sixth at the European Grand Prix. Gen? continued with Minardi in 2000 before joining Williams as test driver in 2001. Qualifying and finishing fifth at Monza in 2003 was his best result in F1 to date.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Marc Gene , Frank Williams
Teams Williams , Minardi