Williams Valencia test summary 2003-02-10/14

After the debuting of the FW25 at Barcelona last week, the BMW WilliamsF1 Team started in earnest with the refinement programme of the new car in Valencia. While many major components such as the drivetrain had been extensively bench-tested and...

After the debuting of the FW25 at Barcelona last week, the BMW WilliamsF1 Team started in earnest with the refinement programme of the new car in Valencia.

While many major components such as the drivetrain had been extensively bench-tested and track-tested using 2002 chassis, the opening test in Spain was intended to assess some very basic parameters of the new car before commencing a more specific testing programme in Valencia.

The WilliamsF1 BMW FW25 showed strong promise during the week by setting one of the fastest ever recorded laps at the Valencia Circuit with Juan Pablo Montoya at the wheel. Both drivers have reported extremely favourable impressions of the new car, and the team in general is pleased with early progress.

Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):

"We finished at Valencia today and now we move to Barcelona for a further test next week. We have had a productive week testing with some good improvements to the aerodynamics, we also did some endurance running for reliability checks on the new car. We also did tyre testing for Michelin."

Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):

"From the BMW point of view the Valencia test was successful. We have had no technical problems with the engine and were able to concentrate on the engine set-up. Apart from this we were supporting test work on the chassis and tyre development."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams