US GP Williams Saturday notes

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team's drivers will start the United States Grand Prix from the second row of the grid with Ralf Schumacher third and Juan Pablo Montoya fourth. After the recent pole positions the team naturally felt a little disappointed, but...

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team's drivers will start the United States Grand Prix from the second row of the grid with Ralf Schumacher third and Juan Pablo Montoya fourth. After the recent pole positions the team naturally felt a little disappointed, but the time differences at the top are very close.

Ralf Schumacher
"On my last lap I was braking too late into turn four so that is the reason I didn't improve my time. We should be satisfied with our positions as this is where we expected to be. We have struggled all weekend to find the right balance and I still believe it is going to be difficult tomorrow, but last year we improved from day to day and it would help us if it was a bit warmer. It would be nice to have a place on the podium."

Juan Pablo Montoya
"It was a really difficult day as we couldn't really get our hands on the handling of the car. I think it was a pretty average qualifying for me. I had traffic in my third run, which was my quickest, and on my last I made a mistake."

Patrick Head, Technical Director
"I think we can say they are reasonably solid grid positions for the team rather than anything startling. We have had a few problems getting the car well-balanced, but in all the changes we have made we have understood quite a lot about what we have got to do for tomorrow. Obviously we will be working to try and make sure we have a consistent and reliable race."

Gerhard Berger, BMW Motorsport Director
"Having both cars on the second row is a positive result, especially as the time differences at the front are very tight. Ralf nearly made it to the front row as he is just four-hundredths behind second place. We had no technical problems and during the final minutes the track seemed to be a bit slower."

Chassis
Schumacher: FW23-07
Montoya: FW23-08
Spare (Montoya): FW23-02)

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams