Canadian GP Williams race notes

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team and Ralf Schumacher scored their second win of the year in Canada. This was also an anniversary for BMW as it was 19 years ago in Canada when they won their first Grand Prix. Unfortunately, Juan Pablo Montoya retired on lap...

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team and Ralf Schumacher scored their second win of the year in Canada. This was also an anniversary for BMW as it was 19 years ago in Canada when they won their first Grand Prix. Unfortunately, Juan Pablo Montoya retired on lap 20 after an accident.

Ralf Schumacher
"It was a great race today. The whole time with the two of us together I was waiting for Michael to make a mistake, but he didn't! I wanted to see how the pit stop strategy would work. The car was brilliant and so were the Michelin tyres. I would like to thank everybody in the team for the great effort for giving me an incredible car and performing a perfect pit stop."

Juan Pablo Montoya
"It was really stange as when I went over the kerb and put the power on the rear the rear just stepped out, I don't know what happened. I was doing exactly the same every lap. I knew how close Rubens was, he was there for ten to 15 laps, and I was pretty calm. I was trying to pass Mika in the last sector, as this was the only sector where I was quicker than him. I think the car was all right but from that position it was quite difficult to overtake."

Frank Williams (Team Principal)
"This was a true team effort. We have always known how strong the BMW engine is and it proved it today. Another important factor was the brilliant Michelin tyres - they looked like new after 51 laps!."

Patrick Head ( Technical Director, WilliamsF1)
"It was a brilliant race from Ralf who drove a wise and fast race. All of us in the team have been under pressure recently because of lack of reliability. And everyone has worked hard for this result."

Gerhard Berger (BMW Motorsport Director)
"From the word 'go' we saw a realistic chance of victory here. The fact it happened proved we are quite good at predicting performance. It was the right choice using the hard tyres, even if it was a slight disadvantage in qualifying. The whole weekend Ralf was extremely strong and after the recent reliability problems this shows a great effort by the entire team."

Dr Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director)
"Afetr Imola everything has come togather perfectly again - chassis, engine, tyres and driver. Ralf's performance was very strong and he showed maturity when behind Michael by waiting for the pit stop to overtake."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams