Brazilian GP: Williams Saturday qualifying notes

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya will start tomorrow's race from the third and fifth rows of the grid respectively, having qualified in 6th and 9th positions on today's dry track Ralf Schumacher: "I had...

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya will start tomorrow's race from the third and fifth rows of the grid respectively, having qualified in 6th and 9th positions on today's dry track

Ralf Schumacher:

"I had too much understeer in some sectors of the circuit and I think I lost two or three tenths there. I was also a bit too careful braking into turns seven and eight. However, all in all I am quite happy. I think we've achieved some further improvements with our new chassis. We have used here a new front wing and a modified rear suspension for the first time."

Juan Pablo Montoya:

"All in all it has been a pretty good qualifying, even if lost a bit of time in the last two corners due to some understeer. In the third sector I lost something like three or four tenths from my out lap to my timed lap and this is of course a bit disappointing. That's what we've got for tomorrow but I think we are going to have a good race."

Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):

"Obviously we would always prefer to be a bit further up on the grid. But the race tomorrow is a different story . Since the advent of the new regulations it is very difficult to evaluate everybody's qualifying performance and we are keen to see on which strategy the other teams are on. We have done better in today's dry qualifying than we did under wet conditions yesterday. The new aero parts and the new rear suspension have improved the performance of the car and it is our task to find further improvements as we head into the European sector of the season."

Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):

"The Brazilian public can be happy with the outcome of this qualifying. Finally local hero Rubens Barrichello is on pole, but we can't say we are unhappy either. This was one of the tightest qualifying sessions I can remember: The first 15 drivers have qualified within just one second. If one thinks that ten kilos of fuel costs about 0.3 seconds every lap, it is clear how important the fuel load is. We will know the answer to this question tomorrow."


Ralf Schumacher: 6th
Chassis: FW25 03
Best time: 1.14,124 min


Juan Pablo Montoya: 9th
Chassis: FW25 04 (Spare Car FW25 02)
Best time: 1.14,223 min

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams