Berger thinks R. Schumacher, Montoya equally matched

Gerhard Berger, BMW's motorsport's boss, says that Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Motoya are equally matched and will take Williams to the top in F1. Speaking at a media gathering, Berger said he thinks Ferrari will remain ahead in 2002 but...

Gerhard Berger, BMW's motorsport's boss, says that Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Motoya are equally matched and will take Williams to the top in F1. Speaking at a media gathering, Berger said he thinks Ferrari will remain ahead in 2002 but Williams have a superior driver line up that will give them more options through the season.

"I think we have the strongest driver combination in the field.

"Sure, Ferrari have Michael - but just Michael. I think for Williams we could have another Nigel Mansell-versus-Nelson Piquet situation with Montoya and Ralf.

"Montoya was brilliant in the last four races of 2001," said Berger. "Early in the season I realized it was clear that he had a lot of talent and great car control, but he didn't know where the limits were.

"We could see that he wasn't initially getting the best out of the his F1 tools. But then he pulled it round - completely a decision made in his own mind - and got it right. I saw a very different Montoya in Japan than I had seen in Australia. For me it is just a question of whether he continues to move forward and improve continuously, or does he drop back?

"As for Ralf, well, we saw two different Ralfs this year, sometimes impressive, sometimes disappointing. Over the last four races Montoya really woke him up, but let's see what comes out next year."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Gerhard Berger , Nigel Mansell , Nelson Piquet
Teams Ferrari , Williams