Williams test driver Marc Gene
January 27, 2004
During pre-season testing the foundation for a successful
season is laid down. BMW WilliamsF1 Team test driver, Marc
Genť, explains more about his responsibilities
Marc, you competed in your first Grand Prix for the team
last year at Monza. What did that experience mean to you?
Marc: It was obviously a great experience, one that Iíll
never forget. If youíre lucky enough to be given a chance
like that you have to make the most of it and I think I did.
I managed to qualify in fifth despite a couple of mistakes
into the first and second chicanes, but that was my highest
grid position in my Formula One career so I was happy. In
the race, my main objective was to drive a solid race and
avoid making any mistakes. Apart from losing some places in
an incident with Jarno Trulli at the start, I ended the race
in fifth place, and scored some points for the team, which I
was really happy about.
Question: You completed an impressive 24,000 testing
kilometers last year. What part of your testing duties do
you derive the most satisfaction from?
Marc: What I enjoy most is doing tyre tests, especially
trying out soft compounds because they allow me to put in
some really fast laps. I also enjoy research projects -
innovations where nobody knows whether they will ever come
to fruition. That involves very close, intensive work with
Question: Which is the best test circuit?
Marc: For me itís Barcelona, without a doubt. On the one
hand because itís my home track and I can sleep in my own
bed and have breakfast at home! But on the other hand, itís
because the Circuit de Catalunya offers all kinds of
challenging corners, which makes it a real driversí circuit.
Beyond that, it is well equipped and an organised and
efficient place to get work done.
Question: You obviously have to compare your testing
notes with Ralf and Juan Pablo, how does that work?
Marc: If I think something we have discovered at a test is
very important, Iíll ring them up. But usually weíll get
together on the Thursday or Friday before a Grand Prix. Then
I tell them, for example, which tyres were particularly good
or how they perform on different parts of the circuit.
Question: Who comes closer to your driving style -
Montoya or Schumacher?
Marc: There isnít a great deal of difference. Every driver
aims for neutral handling during the set-up work, avoiding
both under and oversteer. We always end up with very similar
results. Perhaps Juan, who has a more aggressive style, is
better at handling slight oversteer
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