Schumacher expecting Williams fight

Although Williams is currently lying fourth in the Contsturctors' standings, behind McLaren, Ferrari and Renault, Michael Schumacher thinks the team has a chance to join the fight for the title. McLaren leads after victories by David Coulthard and...

Although Williams is currently lying fourth in the Contsturctors' standings, behind McLaren, Ferrari and Renault, Michael Schumacher thinks the team has a chance to join the fight for the title. McLaren leads after victories by David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen in the first two races while Ferrari has struggled. Schumacher thinks Williams can be contenders to Ferrari as well as the Woking squad.

"I have seen a big step forward from Williams at the last test in Barcelona," he said during a press conference in Sao Paulo. "As we saw early in the championship, the points are not clearly given to one driver at the moment. It is I think open between the two teams," he added, in regard to Ferrari's rivals.

Schumacher currently sees the challenge to Ferrari as mainly from McLaren but thinks Williams can fight back: "After this race or during this race I think Williams will have a much better opportunity. If that is the case, then they will come into the championship as contenders as well and it will be between three teams rather than two to fight for the championship."

Ferrari is confident for this weekend but Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya has predicted that a win by the Scuderia is unlikely. He believes Williams is faster and has the edge with the Michelin tyres. However, McLaren also run on Michelins so a three way fight looks likely.

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