The BMW WilliamsF1 Team today [Saturday] completed a four-day test session at the Jerez circuit, Spain.

Ralf Schumacher and Marc Gene performed testing duties for the first two days of the test, while Antonio Pizzonia took over from Ralf for the final two days.

With the constructors' title still wide open and only one race to go until the curtain closes on the 2003 season, the team predominantly focused on set-up work for Suzuka with all three drivers concentrating on chassis, tyre and aero development testing. Gene also completed a race distance with the new BMW P84 engine.

Sam Michael, chief operations engineer at WilliamsF1, summed up: "We have completed our year long testing programme at Jerez in Spain with a good test. Ralf and Marc started off the four day test and then Antonio took over from Ralf at the half way point. All of the drivers have done a good job, Ralf on wet set-up, Marc on race simulation and tyre testing while Antonio was working on long runs for mechanical set-up. Based on his lap times, 12 months out of a Williams has done nothing to slow Antonio down; he is still quick.

"There was some rain and bad weather which enabled us to work on our wet performance with Michelin. We also had quite a lot of dry running which enabled us to progress the electronics, mechanical set up and new aerodynamic parts for Suzuka. We also had an extensive tyre test with Michelin, confirming new tyre compounds for Suzuka.

"Well done to the test team and the factory staff that have supported them with the equipment that they needed to sustain such a long programme. They are an essential part of our world championship challenge."

Leading times (4 October) - Jerez:

1. Antonio Pizzonia Williams-BMW 1m 17.853s 78 laps M
2. Marc Gene Williams-BMW 1m 18.255s 94 laps M

M - denotes Michelin tyres

 

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