Irvine thinks Ralf could have advantage

Eddie Irvine believes that while Ferrari's Michael Schumacher and Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya battle it out on track, Ralf Schumacher could be the one to benefit from their clashes. Michael and Montoya are determined not to give each other any ...

Eddie Irvine believes that while Ferrari's Michael Schumacher and Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya battle it out on track, Ralf Schumacher could be the one to benefit from their clashes. Michael and Montoya are determined not to give each other any breathing space and with them both being attacking drivers it seems inevitable they will tangle again. They bumped heads at the first corner of the Malaysian Grand Prix and Irvine thinks it was just the first of incidents that could see Ralf use the situation to his advantage.

"There is nothing more exciting for fans than to see two gung-ho drivers thrashing it out wheel-to-wheel," said the Jaguar driver. "But the way they seem determined to play hardball with each other could cost them both the world championship. For, while they constantly attempt to upstage each other on the track, there's one guy who could benefit enormously from their tough-guy antics, Juan's BMW Williams partner Ralf Schumacher."

"While Michael goes into the Brazilian Grand Prix heading the table on 14 points and Juan breathing down his neck on 12, Schuey Jnr is very nicely placed. He is third in the championship thanks to the 10 points he picked up for his victory in Malaysia after Michael and Juan had a coming together at the first corner. Ralf may have the family trait of being extremely quick, but he doesn't have his brother's aggression and that may well benefit him this season."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams