Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya said he had a pretty good battle with Ferrari's Michael Schumacher in yesterday's Australian Grand Prix but admitted he knew Schumacher was faster. The two spent a few laps fighting for the lead in an exciting display of racing that it seemed both drivers enjoyed.
"I had a pretty good battle with Michael but when I passed him I thought that I could get away but I quickly realised that in fact I was holding him up as he had more speed than me." Montoya said.‘ It was only a matter of time before I lost the lead."
The Colombian also had a near-miss with McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, who was aiming to get out in front of Montoya after his pit stop. But the Finn had a slight off at the first corner and the Williams driver knew he would stay in front. "After my stop I saw Raikkonen exiting the pits alongside me and I feared that I might lose my position but when I saw him braking so late I thought that he wasn't going to make it and he didn't!" Montoya remarked. "‘It's good for the team that we collected some points at the first race."
Williams' Chief Operations Manager Sam Michael was also pleased to score points, but warned that the team had to work on catching Ferrari. "It was a good result for the team to achieve some points in the first race of the season. The reliability of the cars was good. Juan drove a very good race and he had to be defensive several times. The strength of Michael and Ferrari was very evident.That is something we and our partners have to work on."