Williams Jerez test notes 2002-06-14

BMW WilliamsF1 team has concluded a four day test at the Jerez Circuit in Spain. Juan Pablo Montoya and test team driver Marc Gené made preparations for the forthcoming European Grand Prix next weekend. The team focused on race specific...

BMW WilliamsF1 team has concluded a four day test at the Jerez Circuit in Spain. Juan Pablo Montoya and test team driver Marc Gené made preparations for the forthcoming European Grand Prix next weekend. The team focused on race specific mechanical and electronic set-up work, as well as ongoing tyre work with Michelin.

Sam Michael Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1

"After a good start to the test on days one and two with Marc Gené driving, we had a few problems with reliability issues, particularly yesterday when we lost the whole day. However, we completed some useful work for Nürburgring relating to electronics and mechanical setup. Juan-Pablo took over driving duties for day three and four."

Mario Theissen BMW Motorsport Director

"The Jerez test was very productive from a BMW perspective. While the general focus was on suspension and tyre development, we have been working on further improvements of traction control and engine mapping. Even though we lost some time on Thursday due to a fire which was caused by a leak in the fuel supply system, we have made good progress towards our targets. We have also managed to identify the reasons for the engine problems we have suffered in Montreal."

"It is one disadvantage of the oversea races that equipment is returned only a couple of days after the Grand Prix. On Wednesday we dismantled the engines and found out the following: Juan Pablo's engine stopped in the race due to a broken valve. On Ralf's car a problem with a piston appeared after he had crossed the finish line. It actually was not a failure of the piston itself but of the operating conditions."

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team also conducted aero testing at Miramas this week with Matthew Gilmore driving.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams