Theissen confident of improvement

Theissen confident of improvement

BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen is confident that Williams will be strong in the last six races of the season after a difficult time so far. Juan Pablo Montoya and Antonio Pizzonia took a double points finish in Germany but Williams is ...

BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen is confident that Williams will be strong in the last six races of the season after a difficult time so far. Juan Pablo Montoya and Antonio Pizzonia took a double points finish in Germany but Williams is trailing third placed BAR in the constructors' standings by nearly 30 points.

Dr Mario Theissen.
Photo by BMW PressClub.

Theissen admits it's not been the best of seasons but expects a fight back from Hungary onwards. "We had a very difficult first part of the season," he said, according to the Williams website. "However, I think we are gaining ground and we are coming back slowly but steadily."

"That's what any kind of sport is about. You have strong phases, when everything goes well, then you have difficult times and have to fight. WilliamsF1 and BMW are fighting as a team. We'll see several improvements over the final six races and I really think we can close in."

There have been some moments that Theissen would rather forget -- brake problems in Spain and being disqualified from Canada -- but he accepts that taking risks doesn't always pay off.

"Certainly we made some mistakes as a team, and we were sometimes unlucky as a team," he conceded. "You have to understand, if you fight and try to catch up you take a bigger risk than usual."

The continuity of the team has perhaps suffered from Ralf Schumacher being out of action since Indianapolis. Testers Marc Gen? and Antoino Pizzonia have been deputising and it looks like Pizzonia will be back in action at Hungary.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams