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Head concedes Williams FW25 isn't quick enough 03 Mar 2003

Juan Pablo Montoya (COL), BMW Williams FW24, left, and team mate Ralf Schumacher (GER), right, squeeze out the Ferrari F2002 of Michael Schumacher (GER) at the start.
Italian Grand Prix, Rd15, Monza, Italy., 15 September 2002

Following criticism of the Williams FW25 car by BMW sporting director Mario Thiessen, Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head have both admitted that their new car is unlikely to challenge for victories until the start of the European season.

"Some things are occurring that we are not able to understand right away," Thiessen told German newspapers. "We have to investigate why the car is not fast."

"We are not happy with the car's speed so far," Williams said, while Head added: "We have an aerodynamic problem, which will take time to solve. I know that we had a similar problem this time last year with FW24, but the problem with the new car is nothing like as serious as that. We are confident that the concept of FW25, its dimensions and weight distribution, makes it a much better car and I am confident that we will get on the pace with a revised aero package. We are not happy about the situation, but it is going to take time to get the best from the car."

The indications are that Williams' current wind tunnel is behind Ferrari's. John Davies has been working on modifications for the past four months and a new tunnel is coming on stream for 2004, but neither improvement had influence on FW25's initial research.