Ralf and Montoya free to fight

Ralf and Montoya free to fight

Technical director Patrick Head said Williams is not thinking of using team orders and Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya are free to fight each other on track. After a double one-two finish, the pair are closing on the top of the Driver's ...

Technical director Patrick Head said Williams is not thinking of using team orders and Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya are free to fight each other on track. After a double one-two finish, the pair are closing on the top of the Driver's standings, with Ralf currently six points ahead of Montoya. For the moment at least, they can continue to race each other.

Ralf Schumacher leads Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by BMW PressClub.
"Whenever we have been dominant we have always tried to make the racing interesting by allowing our drivers to fight each other, just as they do at McLaren," said Head.

"We have a different philosophy to Ferrari and would never dream of making the racing as dull as it was last year. Our opinion is that the championship and motor racing is more important than a single company, but Ferrari don't hold that view."

The only thing that would change Williams' thinking is if it became impossible for one of the drivers to win the title: "The only position where the situation could arise is when one driver can win the championship and the other can't," he added. "But we are a long way off that."

Head believes the championship, which has been close fought all year, will go all the way to the last race at Suzuka in six races time. "At this stage of the season there are no foregone conclusions and I believe it will be a hard-fought battle all the way to the end of the year," he commented. "We have a challenge ahead of us so it should be fun and I'm sure it will be a scrap right to the wire."

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