SATURDAY 16TH JULY 2005
BMW motorsport director, Mario Theissen has confirmed that early testing of their new 2006 V8 engine has gone 'positively'.
Williams test driver, Antonio Pizzonia ran with an early configuration of the unit this week at Jerez - clocking up several laps at the Spanish track.
"The week after the British Grand Prix was a special one for the BMW engineers," said Theissen, "because we tested an early configuration of the 2006 V8 engine for the first time. Antonio was on duty for the maiden roll-out in a modified FW27 chassis in Jerez. Overall, the test was positive and we are on schedule with the development."
As for the next round on the schedule, Theissen added that while they and Williams have been working hard, he doesn't suddenly expect them to be challenging the likes of Renault or McLaren, the current pace setters.
"After the two disappointing races in France and Britain, we can not expect a miracle for the German Grand Prix," he continued.
"We are running flat out on the development work, in the wind tunnel at Grove as well as on the track in Jerez, in order to find out the reasons for the uncompetitive lap times so we can fix the problem as soon as possible. BMW is supporting this programme every way we can. Together we want to find our way back to form for the rest of the season."
Antonio Pizzonia - Williams BMW FW27