Austrian GP Williams Saturday notes

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team achieved its best qualifying result since the beginning of the British-German partnership: Juan Pablo Montoya qualified second on the grid for the Austrian Grand Prix, right in front of his team mate Ralf Schumacher, who...

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team achieved its best qualifying result since the beginning of the British-German partnership: Juan Pablo Montoya qualified second on the grid for the Austrian Grand Prix, right in front of his team mate Ralf Schumacher, who was third.

Juan Pablo Montoya:
"For us today qualifying went pretty well. We had a good Friday, as we did in Spain, and the second weekend with no problems on the first day makes a huge difference. We have made a lot of improvements on the car recently and they have paid off. The reason we couldn't improve our time after the second run was because the wind changed direction during the session to a head wind."

Ralf Schumacher:
"A great result for the whole team. On one hand it is better to be second than third, but on the other Juan Pablo will have to start from the dirty side of the track. The qualifying was good, although I had some traffic on one quick lap and did a small mistake on another. It is going to be tough to predict what will happen in the race, but I think we are going to be strong in the second half when the circuit has more rubber on it."

Patrick Head:
"The result was a better than we expected, but both drivers did a great job today. It is good to see Juan Pablo realising his potential in qualifying. Now we have to get the strategy right for the race so we can make the best use of today's achievement. The Michelin tyres were obviously extremely good for qualifying and we used fresh sets."

Gerhard Berger:
"One point two tenths of a second off pole - we have never been so close before. We expected a good qualifying today, but this result is even a little bit better than our expectations, and means excellent chances for the race tomorrow. Both drivers did very good performances and were positive about the car and the engine."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams