BAR has been going from strength to strength and the team looks most likely to beat Ferrari and Michael Schumacher to victory this season. Jenson Button has been on the podium five times, while Takuma Sato narrowly missed out on his first podium...
BAR has been going from strength to strength and the team looks most likely to beat Ferrari and Michael Schumacher to victory this season. Jenson Button has been on the podium five times, while Takuma Sato narrowly missed out on his first podium finish in Europe. That first win is surely not far away and others in the paddock think so too.
"This weekend I reckon," Jaguar's Mark Webber told reporters in Montreal, in regard to when BAR might reach the top step of the podium. "They are both very even -- I'd say Jenson is a bit more consistent but I think Takuma is fast and doing a bloody good job. There's things that could really work out for them here and it could be good to see them do it."
Juan Pablo Montoya wouldn't be surprised if Sato beat Button to BAR's first victory: "Jenson is doing a very good job but Takuma is coming along really impressive in the last few races," said the Williams driver. "It wouldn't surprise me if Takuma would win a race before Jenson. I think he is a guy that tries really hard all the time and I think he's starting to find his limits."
As for the man they are striving to beat, Schumacher believes Button to be the bigger threat. "I think Takuma is a very good driver but the media tends to go after one highlight and push it up a little bit too much," said the reigning champion. "To me Jenson is very consistently up there and there is no reason not to believe that he is going to be the stronger one."
BAR may be closing Ferrari down but one driver is getting bored of the scarlet team being so far ahead: namely Ralf Schumacher. Williams is not challenging the way it expected to be this season and Ralf has yet to have a podium finish.
"It starts to become boring for all of us that we are unable to beat them," he said in regard to Ferrari. "We have tried many years now, but they do something which all of us have not figured out yet."
Michael, of course, debates the boring tag and believes his team's dominance is not putting people off F1: "Something very unique and special is happening with Ferrari," he commented. "People want to see this. I think people want to see who is going to be the first to beat us, too."