The BMW Williams F1 team will launch its season on Monday with the car it believes will be able to challenge main rival Ferrari for the world championship in 2004.

The BMW Williams F1 team will launch its season on Monday with the car it believes will be able to challenge main rival Ferrari for the world championship in 2004.

The FW26 will be launched at Valencia in Spain on Monday. The engineers and mechanics are eager to see the culmination of their hard work taking to the track for the first time. While components of the FW26 have been tested since November, this will be the first time the complete car will be run.

And as far as excitement goes, it should be no different for team drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya, and test driver Marc Gené.

“Even though a driver is involved in the technical development of a new car, the launch is something special”, said Ralf talking about driving the FW26 for the first time.

Montoya is sure that the WilliamsF1 BMW FW26 will be a winner this year. “The team has done an excellent job, and I firmly believe that we will have an advantage in 2004.