There may be no F1 testing until August 18, but BMW engineers are building an engine that could, by the end of the season, match Ferrari’s power.
There may be no F1 testing until the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 18, but BMW engineers are building an engine that could, by the end of the season, match Ferrari’s power.
“We won’t send anybody on holiday,” BMW motorsport boss Mario Theissen said on Tuesday. “The new engine is due to be tested this year already.”
With 76 points, Williams-BMW has a comfortable advantage over McLaren (49) in the battle for second in the constructors’ championship, but has some way to go if it is to get on terms with the all-conquering Ferrari team, which has won all but two of this year’s races and has amassed 141 points.
BMW motorsport director Gerhard Berger believes that Williams has to get on a par with Ferrari before the end of this season if it is to stand any chance of winning the 2003 championship.
“We’ve come close, but beating Ferrari is a task for next year,” Berger was quoted as saying by . “We will only be able to beat Ferrari in 2003 if we manage to catch up to their level by October”.