Is the new Williams doomed from the start?
The new Williams FW25 first took to the track on January 31st, but its real first test started the day after. Yesterday, after its third day of testing, things are starting to emerge. Ralf Schumacher, for one, clearly thinks he has no hopes of challenging Ferrari for the title...
“If we look at the timesheet, we can conclude that our future doesn't look too bright” - Ralf Schumacher said - “but I don't want to be too pessimistic because we'll improve the car which is not in its final aerodynamic shape yet. The past few years, we took the previous year's car and modified it. This year we started with a clean sheet of paper, so we have to develop the whole car.”
Ralf Schumacher keeps faith in this new FW25, but he's under no illusion he'll be able to join Ferrari at the top of the Formula One hierarchy: “We still have to try some very important new parts in the next few days,” - added Ralf - “we should have a better idea of the car's potential when we get to Valencia in two weeks. As far as Ferrari is concerned, I can't see what we could do to challenge them. Their new contender will be better, but even by keeping their old F2002, they'd still win the championship.”
After having lapped the Barcelona circuit 62 times yesterday morning, Ralf Schumacher left the only FW25 available to Juan Pablo Montoya, who was able to do only 8 laps before electrical problems put an end to his session. The Columbian set his fastest time of the day driving a FW24, but he'll get his hands on the new FW25 today.
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