Williams set for 2004 launch

WilliamsF1 will kick-off the 2004 Formula 1 launch season on Monday when it takes the wraps of its BMW-powered FW26 chassis at Valencia in Spain, a car that the team believes will be able to challenge main rival Ferrari for the world championship this year

Williams set for 2004 launch

Following the lunchtime launch, from which autosport.com will bring you all the latest news and the first pictures, the car will be track tested for the first time. Components of the FW26 have already been tested during November and December, including the new P84 BMW engine.

"I think we've got all the qualifications we need for a successful season," said BMW Motorsport director Mario Theissen. "Once again we have developed a new engine in Munich, and our new BMW P84 engine should be the F1 benchmark once more."

Williams drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher are also anticipating great things from their new machinery.

"Even though a driver is involved in the technical development of a new car, the launch is something special," said Schumacher. "It feels just like Christmas, you know roughly what you are going to get, but you're not exactly sure."

Montoya added: "The team has done an excellent job, and I firmly believe that we will have an advantage in 2004."

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