The BMW WilliamsF1 Team made good use of today's Free Practice sessions and did their usual Friday homework mainly focusing on race set-up and tyre choice. Ralf Schumacher: "Before coming to Barcelona I said that we would only have a chance ...
The BMW WilliamsF1 Team made good use of today's Free Practice sessions and did their usual Friday homework mainly focusing on race set-up and tyre choice.
"Before coming to Barcelona I said that we would only have a chance here if we had made the very best out of our package - and after the First Free Practice I can see we are on the right way. We could make our tyre choice quite quickly, and this was very important but still we need to improve on the set-up."
Juan Pablo Montoya:
"We knew it would be difficult to find the right set-up for our car on this circuit and despite the fact that you cannot read too much into Friday's times, it's clear that there is still some work to do. Both the weather and consequently the track conditions changed from the first to the second Free Practice - and even during the same session - which made our job even harder. Anyway, we have completed our programme for today and we will now work in view of tomorrow's qualifying."
Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):
"It was a good day on set-up work. We spent the morning's session testing two different set-ups to give us a direction for the race and we have verified some new aero parts for this Grand Prix. In the afternoon we did long runs on the two different Michelin compounds. It was productive and we have got enough data to make a good choice. We did not have any reliability problems."
Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
"Today's focus was on the race set-up and tyre choice, as usual for a Friday's Free Practice. Both the drivers completed their programmes and didn't experience any technical problems. However, the weather is still a question mark for the race."
Chassis: FW26 07
First session: 6th, 1.17.165 min
Second session: 4th, 1.16,433 min
Juan Pablo Montoya
Chassis: FW26 06
First session: 11th, 1.17.635 min
Second session: 12th, 1.17.067 min