Williams Valencia test notes 2004-01-27

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team's preparations for the 2004 Formula One season continued as it began a three-day test programme at Valencia, Spain today. Temperatures at the Spanish track reached a balmy 19 degrees, in spite of the strong winds. Juan...

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team's preparations for the 2004 Formula One season continued as it began a three-day test programme at Valencia, Spain today.

Temperatures at the Spanish track reached a balmy 19 degrees, in spite of the strong winds.

Juan Pablo Montoya, driving the WilliamsF1 BMW FW26, spent the day working on mechanical and aerodynamic set ups, paying particular attention to the car's new front wing. The Colombian completed 82 laps without experiencing any problems, posting a best time of 1:10.466.

Test driver Marc Gené, also at the wheel of an FW26, performed tyre construction evaluations before focusing on the car's traction control, which included a number of simulated race starts. The Spaniard completed 74 laps, posting the best time of the day, 1:10.198.

Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):

"The first day of testing at Valencia has gone well. Both Juan Pablo and Marc were running the FW26s with Juan concentrating on mechanical set-up work in the morning followed by electronics testing in the afternoon. Marc ran a similar programme combined with tyre testing in the afternoon."

Tomorrow Ralf Schumacher and Antonio Pizzonia will join Marc on testing duty.

-williams-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams