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BMW test summary from Barcelona

February 8, 2004

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team completed their five day test program at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, today. The team had five drivers on duty throughout the week, including Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya, test driver Marc Gené as well as Antonio Pizzonia and Nelson Piquet.

In preparation for the season opener in Melbourne on 7th March, the team concentrated on mechanical set-up work and systems checks of the FW26, as well as completing longer runs for engine reliability testing. The modified FW25 was used to carry out tyre testing work with Michelin and practice starts. On Wednesday, the race team joined the test to practice pit-stops with Juan Pablo’s car.

Despite poor weather conditions hampering the morning sessions, the team covered over 3,600 kilometres and topped the time sheets on two of the five days.

Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):
“The team has had another productive test this week in Barcelona. We’ve made good progress with the FW26, the drivers concentrating on set-up options and reliability testing. Nelson had another good run in the FW25, familiarizing himself with the car and the circuit, and has provided us with some valuable feedback.”

Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
"This week’s test at Barcelona has been another intensive one for the team. Throughout the week, we have worked on engine set-up as well as improving the traction control system. Furthermore, we have practiced manual starts and simulated an entire race weekend. The engine did not experience any problems so we are very pleased with the results we achieved."

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team travel to Jerez next week for a five day test commencing on Wednesday 11th February.

Best lap time of the day in bold Best lap/Total number of laps

Driver / Car Tire 02.02.04 03.02.04 04.02.04 05.02.04 06.02.04
T Sato
B.A.R. Honda
M 1:15.597
30 / 74
1:13.797
14 / 77
1:15.718
16 / 63
- -
J Button
B.A.R. Honda
M 1:13.872
12 / 27
1:15.458
17 / 26
1:14.697
18 / 115
- -
F Alonso
Renault
M - 1:14.680
26 / 71
1:14.672
97 / 102
1:15.080
31 / 74
-
R Schumacher
BMW WilliamsF1 Team
M 1:16.014
23 / 64
1:15.211
13 / 78
1:14.677
41 / 51
- -
A Wurz
McLaren Mercedes
M 1:17.063
19 / 37
1:14.797
64 / 70
- 1:16.017
18 / 65
-
J P Montoya
BMW WilliamsF1 Team
M - - 1:15.592
55 / 81
1:14.800
21 / 51
1:15.230
17 / 42
M Gené BMW
WilliamsF1 Team
M 1:15.296
25 / 59
1:15.131
9 / 55
1:14.996
43 / 65
- -
R Barrichello
Ferrari
B - 1:15.771
23 / 69
1:15.058
31 / 84
- -
A Pizzonia BMW
WilliamsF1 Team
M - - - 1:15.099
32 / 54
1:15.085
25 / 116
F Montagny
Renault
M - 1:15.604
16 / 62
1:15.292
55 / 81
1:15.172
60 / 76
-
O Panis
Toyota
M - 1:15.995
72 / 78
1:15.441
42 / 76
1:15.913
8 / 30
-
L Badoer
Ferrari
B 1:16.301
22 / 82
- 1;15.666
6 / 75
- -
C da Matta
Toyota
M - 1:16.602
63 / 70
1:15.691
40 / 90
1:15.712
95 / 98
1:16.055
74 / 81
N Pique
 BMW WilliamsF1 Team
M - 1:16.431
31 / 67
- 1:15.816
33 / 52
-
D Coulthard
McLaren Mercedes
M - - 1:16.574
27 / 39
1:15.916 -
P de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes M 1:16.951
54 / 58
1:16.777
15 / 26
1:16.080
19 / 44
- -
K Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes M - 1:17.316
15 / 23
1:16.119
14 / 85
- -
G Fisichella Sauber Petronas B 1:16.584
31 / 86
1;17.012
31 / 32
- - -
F Massa Sauber Petronas B - - 1:17.790
3 / 5
- -
D Turner McLaren Mercedes M 1:19.871
14 / 17
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