Today marked a satisfactory start to the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team's drivers, Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya, who recorded 2nd and 8th fastest times respectively at the Hungaroring during the first qualifying...
Today marked a satisfactory start to the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team's drivers, Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya, who recorded 2nd and 8th fastest times respectively at the Hungaroring during the first qualifying session.
"I am fairly happy with my qualifying lap. This morning I had some problems with the set up and we made quite a few changes on the car which seem to have been in the right direction. The track is slippery as it has always been here, especially if you come off the line. For sure you don't want to be the first car to go out on track. The new track is nice, even if in a way I preferred the old corner because I thought it was a bit more technically demanding, but with respect to sorting out the bumps, they did a really good job. We should be strong here."
Juan Pablo Montoya:
"I didn't put together the best lap, really. My first sector wasn't good enough as I braked a bit too early into the first corner of the chicane. The balance of my car wasn't as good as I expected, especially at the start of the lap. In this morning's Free Practice I was seven tenths quicker than in qualifying. The track was very dirty when I went out but it improved during qualifying as it got cleaner and cleaner. However, I believe our package should be pretty competitive here. We've got the pace."
Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):
"During today's qualifying session the change of grip of the circuit was quite significant due the dust, so it was difficult to see what our true pace actually was. Now we are looking forward to tomorrow and working on the race set-up. We can be pretty competitive here."
Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
"We can be happy with this today's performance. The engines didn't experience any problems and this morning both the drivers could complete their set-up programme. Ralf had a good qualifying session and Juan Pablo could not qualify any better than 8th as he was penalised by his early start position. Looking at the times of the first three drivers who went out on the track for qualifying, one can tell that the track was very dirty and didn't provide very good grip. During the session the tarmac became cleaner and cleaner and allowed the drivers to set better lap times."
Ralf Schumacher: 2nd
Chassis: FW25 07
Best time: 1.22.413 min
Juan Pablo Montoya: 8th
Chassis: FW25 06
(Spare car FW25 04)
Best time: 1.23.305 min