> >I think that next year's just a holding year while they put all their
> >into building a car around the BMW engine. It's no secret that Williams
> >don't rate the Mecachrome and Frank is probably trying to save face early.
> >Bit of a bummer for young Ralfie though!
> yeah thats probably it but i don't understand that mentality coming from the
> williams team who are so accustomed to building a winner, that they would
> give up so easily. i've heard that the new Mecachrome is lighter and
Yeah, but Williams are third in line behind Benetton and BAR, who will
certainly get the more advanced engines sooner. Renault and Supertec
aren't that interested in giving Williams (and through them BMW) any
helpful hints about building F1 engines. Hence Sir FW's comments about
1999 being very much a holding operation for 2000 and the BMW contracts.
Williams also have to run two F1 programs this year, with BMW testing
running alongside the GP effort. Williams are being fairly realistic,
hence Zanardi's comments about "not being under any pressure". He knows
this year is an easy run for him to dial back into F1 and get prepared
for 2000 and on, when the real challenge begins.