The only team to run for all five days at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, the BMW WilliamsF1 squad concluded its five-day marathon having covered over 4000 kilometres and topped the timesheets on three days.

Both Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya were on hand to perform testing duties, as well as the team's official reserve driver, Marc Gen?. Aspiring test driver, Nico Rosberg, also joined the team for two of the days to assist with the extensive schedule.

Over the test the team combined mechanical and aero development work of the FW26 with tyre compound evaluations for Michelin, further progressing the understanding and development of the new car in preparation for its race debut in Melbourne on 7 March.

"This week, we ran two FW26 cars for the first time, with all the running performed in race conditions in order to test a number of different set-ups on each car, as well as to check sensitivity to tyre degradation on longer runs," commented chief operations engineer Sam Michael, "A number of minor transmission problems were encountered, but we expect to overcome these prior to the next test.

"Nico Rosberg assisted on two days of the test and performed very well in the 2003 specification FW25, as his lap times demonstrate."

BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen was pleased with the way the test went as, for the first time, two FW26s ran with the latest-spec P84 engine.

"Following our productive test in Jerez last week, we also managed to work through to a heavy programme at this week's test in Barcelona," he confirmed, "Obviously, the focus of the test was on set-up work with the new chassis, but we also completed another race simulation and were able to record an extensive amount of data for the engine set-up."

The team now decamps to Valencia, where it will carry out a three-day test, commencing on Tuesday 27 January.



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