In a very exciting qualifying session to the Brazilian Grand Prix, Juan Pablo Montoya achieved this season's first pole position for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team. The Colombian driver will start tomorrow from pole for the fourth time in his F1 career.
In a very exciting qualifying session to the Brazilian Grand Prix, Juan Pablo Montoya achieved this season's first pole position for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team. The Colombian driver will start tomorrow from pole for the fourth time in his F1 career. His team-mate Ralf Schumacher was third, behind his brother Michael's Ferrari.
Juan Pablo Montoya
"I am happy to be on pole, especially because this morning I couldn't get a clean run on new tyres and I had some understeer and I knew there was more potential in my car than my times showed. Starting the race from pole will maybe allow me to make up for my disappointing finish in last year's Grand Prix. We are also pleased with Michelin's performance and the hot weather is helping us here."
"I am very pleased with my grid position. Unfortunately I couldn't get the set-up of my car completely right. The times are very close in this qualifying. Michael found a bit more squeezed between Juan Pablo and myself. I would prefer being on the first row, of course, but I think third place on the grid is not too bad in this case and I will start from the clean side of the track."
Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1)
"It was obviously a good session, especially for Juan who claimed his first pole this year. Ralf did a good job as well and if he could have brought his sector times together, he would have been in front row as well. The other cars on Michelin tyres are a lot closer to us than before, they are catching up. Now we are looking forward to tomorrow's race in which we should be very strong."
Gerhard Berger (BMW Motorsport Director)
"This was an interesting and entertaining qualifying. If the conditions stay like this, tomorrow we could be fighting for the victory. We usually perform well in hot races. Juan Pablo drove a very strong qualifying and Ralf could not put together a perfect lap connecting his best sector times. But time differences are very small therefore you also need a bit of luck."
Juan Pablo Montoya 1st
Chassis: FW24 02
Best time: 1:13.144
Ralf Schumacher 3rd
Chassis: FW24 04
Best time: 1:13.328