Gene praises new BMW engine

Williams test driver Marc Gene is impressed with the 2004 BMW P84 engine. The team conducted successful tests with the new motor at Jerez last week

Gene praises new BMW engine

Next year's regulations require a single car's engine to last for a full race weekend, and the new engine has been designed with this in mind. Gene simulated a weekend by running 295 laps over three days last week and encountered no problems.

"I'm really happy with the reliability of the new engine and gearbox," said Gene. "We have completed 800 kilometres with both pieces."

With things looking good on the engine front, the team now needs only to wait for the new chassis in which to put it. The FW26 will be launched on January 5 and tested soon after.

"At the beginning of the new year we are going to test with the new car," added Gene. "This will let us advance very well and we will know exactly where we stand."

Williams are hoping to avoid the slow start that cost them the 2003 title, and signs are good that the mistake won't be repeated.

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