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Japanese Gp - Race 14 October 2001 Weather:. Dry and overcast. Air temperature 23°C. Track temperature 25°C. The BMW WilliamsF1 Team has finished the final race of the season with both cars in the points - Juan Pablo Montoya finished second...

Japanese Gp - Race 14 October 2001

Weather:. Dry and overcast. Air temperature 23°C. Track temperature 25°C. The BMW WilliamsF1 Team has finished the final race of the season with both cars in the points - Juan Pablo Montoya finished second and Ralf Schumacher sixth. However, for Ralf a ten-second stop-and-go for straight-lining the chicane and gaining a time advantage robbed him of a possible podium finish.

Juan Pablo Montoya
Position: 2nd
Chassis: FW23 08
Fastest lap: 1:37.017 - Third fastest on lap 29

"I am happy with the result as we had to be realistic about what we could do against the new Ferrari that Michael had. He got away on new tyres and I think that is where he won the race. I had a battle with Rubens in the first few laps and I had a good race up to then. As you could see, Rubens was on new tyres and I was on old tyres and on the first few laps Michael got away and pulled out a big gap. I have enjoyed my first season and want to thank the team for everything and now it is up to us to work hard for next year."

Ralf Schumacher
Position: 6th
Chassis: FW23 07
Fastest lap: 1:36.944 - Fastest on lap 46 - New Lap Record

"Unfortunately the stop-and-go penalty has cost me third place, but I have to accept the penalty as this is the rule, although my advantage was only a couple of tenths of a second. After the first pit stop it seemed the speed limiter on Rubens' Ferrari got stuck so this is why I had to swerve at the end of the pit lane to avoid hitting him. All in all I am looking back on a season which was better than expected. Therefore, I would like to thank the whole team. I am confident we are going to make another step forward in 2002."

Patrick Head (Technical Director WilliamsF1)

"This is a good result for both BMW and WilliamsF1 with both cars in the points at the season finale. This is something we have only achieved twice before this season in Nurburgring and Monza. It's quite an achievement for the three top teams, Ferrari, McLaren and ourselves, to finish here with all their cars in the points. It's also pleasing the tyres proved so good , which shows the Michelin technicians and our engineers have worked well to get the best out of them."

Gerhard Berger (BMW Motorsport Director)

"Today's result underlines we have made a constant progress during the season. We finished with both cars, they were both in the points and Ralf set the fastest race lap. Even in qualifying, it was foreseeable Michael was going to be unbeatable here. However, Juan Pablo with a near-perfect, mistake-free race proved again he just might cause Michael problems in 2002. Juan Pablo has gained a lot of experience this season. Ralf missed his chance of a podium finish because of the incident in the chicane and the resulting stop-and-go penalty, but we have to accept that. All in all, it has been a great season with an encouraging finish."

-Williams-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams