European GP BMW Williams qualifying report

European Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 23rd June 2001 Weather: Air temperature 16°C average. Track temperature 26°C average. For the second time this year the BMW WilliamsF1 Team have second and third on the grid. The first was in Austria, but this...

European Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 23rd June 2001
Weather: Air temperature 16°C average. Track temperature 26°C average.

For the second time this year the BMW WilliamsF1 Team have second and third on the grid. The first was in Austria, but this time the roles are reversed with Ralf Shumacher in front of Juan Pablo Montoya. At the European Grand Prix in Nurburgring Ralf will start alongside his brother, Michael, on the front row of the grid for the third time.

Ralf Schumacher
Position: 2nd
Chassis: FW23 05
Best Time: 1:15.226

"We can be very satisfied having both cars in the top three. It is nice being on the front row again with Michael, but I am working on swapping places with him and hope soon to get my first pole. Over the entire weekend the car was better than expected, even though the race is not going to be easy for us. We hope for higher temperatures which, as everyone knows, helps our tyres."

Juan Pablo Montoya
Position: 3rd
Chassis: FW23 06
Best Time: 1:15.490

"We had a pretty good qualifying today, here we had no failures and things are going really well. We did a couple of changes at the end of the session to the car and they didn't really pay off, but we had to try. The car is working well although I had a bit too much oversteer to really push it. However, we had a fairly good day in total today and now I will try to get to the end tomorrow."

Patrick Head (Technical Director, WilliamsF1)
"I think Ralf and Juan Pablo have both done a good job. We are probably in better grid positions than we expected before the weekend. We are happy with our choice of Michelin tyres and today's result shows they are making progress."

Gerhard Berger (BMW Motorsport Director)
"I am very happy with our positions. It was an exciting qualifying with an excellent result - my compliments to both drivers. Even though we were second on the grid in Montreal, today's result means progress as this is a medium-speed circuit and we have not been as competitive on these. This shows every step we are currently making produces results. The teamwork by the relatively new combination of BMW, WilliamsF1, Michelin and the drivers is impressive."

-WilliamsF1

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams