BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen, is confident that the balance of power will shift during the course of the 2004 Formula One Championship. After the first three, of eighteen, Grands Prix, the BMW WilliamsF1 Team has scored 19...
BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen, is confident that the balance of power will shift during the course of the 2004 Formula One Championship.
After the first three, of eighteen, Grands Prix, the BMW WilliamsF1 Team has scored 19 Championship points and is currently third in the Constructors' Championship. Although it has been a relatively difficult start to the season, BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen, doesn't see any reason why the team should lose sight of its original goals.
"I won't make any predictions," said Theissen, "but as I see it there is still everything to fight for, including the World Championship; particularly in consideration of the way in which we turned the balance of power in the second half of the 2003 season."
In 2003, the BMW WilliamsF1 Team was struggling at the beginning of the year but over the course of the season the Anglo-German alliance was soon fighting at the front of the grid with Ferrari. In the first six rounds of the year, Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya had to make do with only one podium result (Juan Pablo's second place at Melbourne), but from Monaco, the BMW WilliamsF1 Team pairing scored eleven further podium results, with each driver winning two Grands Prix.
From Mario Theissen's point of view, the team is in an even better situation than at the same point in time last year. "This time, our gap to Ferrari isn't as big as it was in 2003," said the German, "This is an advantage. On the other hand, we realised in January 2003 that there was a gap, while in 2004 we weren't aware of this fact until the first race was over. This is a disadvantage."
To close this gap, the BMW WilliamsF1 Team is working flat out to improve all areas of the package: the chassis, engine and tyres. "We are now are going to improve the performance in all the areas, race by race," added Theissen.