Williams logs miles with new car

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team spent the weekend evaluating it's new FW25 challenger at Barcelona, although the team's progress was hampered by the fact that it could not run its full 2003 aero-package. Indeed the car ran with last year's front wing

Williams logs miles with new car

Ralf Schumacher drove the car both days with Juan Pablo Montoya scheduled to take over this morning. On Saturday the German was quicker even than Marc Gene in last year's FW24, but the situation was reversed yesterday.

"It is all very positive," said Schumacher. "But we don't have the full aerodynamic package yet so it is difficult to tell how much better the car is than last year's."

Schumacher encountered two problems on the first day, a hydraulics leak stopped him early on and then a front wheel came loose. Nevertheless both drivers were pleased with the outcome of the test and claimed that the most remarkable aspect of the FW25 was how different it was to it's predecessor.

"It's been designed completely from scratch," said Montoya. "The only thing that is the same about the car from last year is that has the same size footwell in it so I can get my feet in!"

Toyota's Cristiano da Matta continued his F1 acclimatisation, and was quicker than the two BAR-Hondas.

Cristiano da Matta Toyota M 1m17.182s 56*
Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda B 1m18.043s 39*
Jenson Button BAR-Honda B 1m18.139s 54*
Marc Gene WilliamsF1 BMW M 1m18.280s 83
Ralf Schumacher WilliamsF1 BMW M 1m19.800 52*

B = Bridgestone
M = Michelin
* denotes 2003 car

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