Williams admits first day disappointment

Williams-BMW, last year's closest rivals to the all-conquering Ferrari team, has admitted its disappointment at 10th and 16th fastest times for Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher respectively in the opening qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix

Williams admits first day disappointment

Schumacher became the first victim of pushing too hard on his one-shot lap, running over the grass at the first corner and never recovering thereafter. Montoya, meanwhile, drifted down the timesheet as the likes of BAR, Renault and Toyota outpaced his early lap time.

"These are obviously disappointing positions for the first qualifying," said chief operations engineer Sam Michael. "We now have a picture of where we are and will work hard to improve the performance of the car for tomorrow's final qualifying and the race."

Montoya said: "I cannot complain about anything in particular on my car as I had a pretty decent balance, even if I lost some time in a couple of corners. We took a conservative approach to today's qualifying, but nonetheless we are a bit surprised to end up where we are."

Schumacher added: "I just lost too much time in the first sector, I really got it wrong there. In slow corners my car was understeering quite badly. If I look at the qualifying in general, I can see a lot of hard work for us."

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