Testing Round-Up: Vallelunga - WilliamsF1


The BMW WilliamsF1 Team completed a three day test at the Vallelunga circuit, in Italy, today. The Italian track, located just outside of Rome, bears similar characteristics to the uncompromising, twisty Monte Carlo street circuit, which will host the sixth round of the season, the Monaco Grand Prix, next weekend.

Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia were on track for the team, while Andy Priaulx made his debut in the FW27 as part of his new association with the Anglo-German partnership. Over the three days, Antonio recorded a total of 1,433 kilometres, while Mark and Andy, who split duties, registered 1,184 and 428 kilometres, respectively. The team collected valuable data in preparation for Monaco over a combined total of 939 laps, just over 3,000 kilometres.

Sam Michael (Technical Director, WilliamsF1): "Today we finished an extensive test at the Vallelunga circuit, near Rome, in preparation for the Monaco Grand Prix. We spent the test working on starts and traction control performance with BMW. We also evaluated tyres for Monaco and completed longer runs to system check some cooling system changes. The weather in Italy was perfect for testing tyres, with the ambient temperatures identical to what our long range forecast says we will have in Monte Carlo. We also verified some aerodynamic components that we used at the Barcelona GP and found they are all working well.

"Along with Antonio and Mark, Andy Priaulx tested for us again and did a great job in the car. He is an asset to our test programme. I'm impressed at how well he has adapted to a Formula One car and I'm sure we will call upon him again in the future."

Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director): "From BMW’s perspective, it was a really good test in Vallelunga and we completed our scheduled programme. We focused on improving the start performance and traction control, both of which will be crucial for the Monaco Grand Prix. In addition, we made adjustments to the engine management system in preparation for the slow corners in Monte Carlo, like the Loews hairpin."

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Published: 13/05/2005
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