The perfect end to the weekend for Ralf Schumacher winning his home race, but a very disappointing one for Juan Pablo Montoya as at half distance it looked possible to score the first one-two for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team. This is the second good ...
The perfect end to the weekend for Ralf Schumacher winning his home race, but a very disappointing one for Juan Pablo Montoya as at half distance it looked possible to score the first one-two for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team. This is the second good result of the weekend, as the Petrobras Junior team also took pole and won the Formula 3000 race.
"It has been an unbelievable day and I am very, very happy. It is just great for a German driver, with a German engine to win the German Grand Prix. I have to admit that at the beginning my team-mate was faster than me. Before the re-start I changed tyres to be on the safe side, because there was so much debris on the track. I started early on to save fuel and be easy on the engine, as I knew it would be a race of attrition. I want to thank the team, who did a perfect job. I am now looking forward to take a couple of days off at home before thinking about Hungary."
Juan Pablo Montoya
"I am so disappointed I cannot find the words to describe how I feel. Up to the pit stop the race was going perfectly for me. We then had a problem with the refuelling rig and this lost me the lead. I had a safe second and then two laps later the engine just went."
Patrick Head (Technical Director WilliamsF1)
"This is obviously a great result for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team and Ralf, but obviously a pity for Juan Pablo to have the problem with the refuelling rig and the engine. We had a big gap to Rubens Barrichello and so slowed Ralf down significantly. For the crowd perhaps the second half of the race was a bit disappointing, as so many of the cars dropped out."
Gerhard Berger (BMW Motorsport Director)
"It is great to dominate qualifying and then go on and win our home Grand Prix. As engine power plays an important role here, I would like to congratulate the BMW team working in the factory in Munich. As a team with the great crew from WilliamsF1 and Michelin we were virtually unbeatable over the weekend, and I think we can be proud of this. It really is a shame Juan Pablo retired with a broken engine. He was very strong here, setting one lap record after another. It is good we have two top drivers so Ralf could take over the lead when Juan Pablo had his problems."