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2004 Williams FW26

In the bright Spanish sunshine, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher complete the maiden laps of the team's new challenger for the 2004 Formula One World Championship, the WilliamsF1 BMW FW26. The radical new design of the FW26 attracted widespread commentary for its new nose design and front wing geometry.

Juan Pablo Montoya recorded 14 laps altogether on the 4.005-kilometer circuit at Valencia, before handing over the car to teammate, Ralf Schumacher. The German completed a total of 3 laps.

Juan Pablo Montoya:
'My first impression of the FW26 is very good. The car doesn't feel a lot different from last year's, which is a very good start and I think we have an excellent potential car. I felt comfortable right away and could push the car from the outset, so thanks to the team for having built a very promising car.'

2004 Williams FW26
'In spite of the restrictions imposed by the new rules, which give you less drag and make the car more difficult under braking, everything feels just right. The dusty track conditions were not 100% ideal today and we only completed six hard laps, so I don't want to sound too optimistic, but there isn't a single area that doesn't work. I am very, very pleased, I think this car has got a good future.'

Ralf Schumacher:
'It is always positive if the first day runs according to plan and I can say that the car feels good, perhaps similar to the FW25. I really have high expectations of the radical approach taken to this new car.'

'Of course, the roll out on launch day does not tell us much about the true performance of a new car and I only completed three laps. Basically it is all about installation laps and system checks, so it is far too early to make serious comments about the FW26.'

Source - BMW / Williams
In the bright Spanish sunshine, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher complete the maiden laps of the team's new challenger for the 2004 Formula One World Championship, the WilliamsF1 BMW FW26. The radical new design of the FW26 attracted widespread commentary for its new nose design and front wing geometry.

Juan Pablo Montoya recorded 14 laps altogether on the 4.005-kilometer circuit at Valencia, before handing over the car to teammate, Ralf Schumacher. The German completed a total of 3 laps.

Juan Pablo Montoya:
'My first impression of the FW26 is very good. The car doesn't feel a lot different from last year's, which is a very good start and I think we have an excellent potential car. I felt comfortable right away and could push the car from the outset, so thanks to the team for having built a very promising car.'

2004 Williams FW26
'In spite of the restrictions imposed by the new rules, which give you less drag and make the car more difficult under braking, everything feels just right. The dusty track conditions were not 100% ideal today and we only completed six hard laps, so I don't want to sound too optimistic, but there isn't a single area that doesn't work. I am very, very pleased, I think this car has got a good future.'

Ralf Schumacher:
'It is always positive if the first day runs according to plan and I can say that the car feels good, perhaps similar to the FW25. I really have high expectations of the radical approach taken to this new car.'

'Of course, the roll out on launch day does not tell us much about the true performance of a new car and I only completed three laps. Basically it is all about installation laps and system checks, so it is far too early to make serious comments about the FW26.'

Source - BMW / Williams

Drivers:
Spain Marc Gené
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Brazil Antonio Reginaldo Pizzonia Jr.
Germany Ralf Schumacher

Team
United Kingdom BMW WilliamsF1 Team

2004 Season
Points: 88
Position: 4
Engine: BMW P84

2005 Entry: FW27
2003 Entry: FW25
2002 Entry: FW24
2001 Entry: FW23
2000 Entry: FW22


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