Schumacher manager critical of Williams

Willi Weber, manager of both Michael and Ralf Schumacher, believes that Ralf has a tough time at Williams as the team favour Juan Pablo Montoya. It's been speculated in the past that Ralf gets on better with the BMW side of the squad, while...

Willi Weber, manager of both Michael and Ralf Schumacher, believes that Ralf has a tough time at Williams as the team favour Juan Pablo Montoya. It's been speculated in the past that Ralf gets on better with the BMW side of the squad, while Montoya is more at home with team boss Frank Williams and technical director Patrick Head. Weber said Williams are looking after Montoya's interests more than Ralf's.

Ralf Schumacher.
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"Ferrari and Williams are two different worlds. At Williams there are too many people making decisions," he told the Germany's Sport Bild. "That makes everything more complicated and it's not always easy for Ralf."

"Ralf has a driver beside him who was hailed as a hero and a future world champion after just three races by their common boss. I don't think that's right and it's not ideal for Ralf. Williams are now protecting only Montoya and that's not okay."

Weber agrees with what Michael has said before; that Ralf is a more likely challenger to the champion than Montoya: "If the car is right, the driver most likely to challenge Michael is Ralf, not Montoya," he stated. "Our goal is quite clear and that is for Ralf to become world champion for BMW-Williams before his contract expires in 2004."

While Michael and Weber naturally support Ralf, many believe that Montoya is a future world champion. Former champion Nigel Mansell recently gave the Colombian his seal of approval but who will get to the title first?

"I'm pretty certain he's (Montoya) going to be world champion one day," said Mansell. "The only question to be asked is: will he make it before Ralf Schumacher?"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams