Williams Paul Ricard test summary 2003-04-8/11

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team concluded its first test at the Paul Ricard Circuit since 1998. After an initial period of familiarisation, the circuit provided the ideal venue for the programme of preparation for the European race season which commences...

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team concluded its first test at the Paul Ricard Circuit since 1998. After an initial period of familiarisation, the circuit provided the ideal venue for the programme of preparation for the European race season which commences at Imola on 18th/19th/20th April.

The four day test was beset with poor weather including cold conditions and rain. However, this provided useful conditions for the forthcoming San Marino Grand Prix which is often staged in similar climatic circumstances.

The team concentrated on chassis set-up and aero work with Marc Gené and Ralf Schumacher.

Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):

"This week we tested at the rebuilt Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France. It is a fantastic circuit with great facilities."

"Marc and Ralf started off the test and Olivier took over from Ralf on the last day. We had wet and dry weather and managed to complete a lot of testing on tyres, setup, TC, brakes and engines."

"We have found two good tyre compounds that suit our car to take to Imola GP, so we have taken a step forward there as well."

Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):

"After in Brazil we already used the latest engine specification of the BMW P83 in the race, we now have been concentrating on the engine's set-up in Paul Ricard. However, the test was focussed on further developments of the chassis and tyres, which we have supported."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Marc Gene , Mario Theissen
Teams Williams