German GP Friday Williams notes

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team drivers Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button were 14th and 16th respectively in the first free practice sessions for the German Grand Prix. Ralf lost almost half of the second one-hour session as his engine was changed as a ...

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team drivers Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button were 14th and 16th respectively in the first free practice sessions for the German Grand Prix. Ralf lost almost half of the second one-hour session as his engine was changed as a precautionary measure.

Ralf Schumacher
"The set-up of the car is pretty good but there's still quite a lot of room for improvement. The engine change -- which we decided to make between the two sessions -- didn't help, as I lost 25 minutes of track time."

Jenson Button
"I think we have learned something today, both in the dry and in the wet, which was very useful. I think that our position doesn't really reflect how fast we are. Hopefully tomorrow I will get some more laps in the dry and learn the circuit a bit more. You reach very high speeds on this track, but you don't realise how fast you are until you brake and you actually feel the G-force. The braking distance, then, is obviously a lot longer here than on most of the other tracks."

Patrick Head (Technical Director, WilliamsF1)
"We had a day working on race set-up and evaluating brake wear and tomorrow will be concentrating more on grid positions. The rain added an interesting interruption to our programme."

Dr Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director)
"After the first free practice hour we found a minor leak in a cylinder head cover and we decided to change the engine as a precaution."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Patrick Head , Mario Theissen
Teams Williams