Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya achieved good qualifying positions today coming second and fourth respectively, but will unfortunately both start for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix from the dirty side of the track. Ralf ...
Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya achieved good qualifying positions today coming second and fourth respectively, but will unfortunately both start for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix from the dirty side of the track.
"Being on the front row is obviously nice. It is obviously a big relief that my 10 places on the grid penalty was cancelled and I can actually start from the place I fought for. However, I am starting from the dirty side of the track which is not the best place to be. I was very quick in the first sector but lost quite a bit of time in sector two and three and the reason for this we need to investigate later, when we will have a look at the data. During qualifying my car felt ok, thanks to the team who could set it up at the best. I believe we have a good race strategy and also the hot weather conditions forecast for tomorrow should be helping us."
Juan Pablo Montoya:
"The car felt really good during today's qualifying. I could have gone quicker than I actually did but after being very fast in sector one I took the conservative way and really paced myself because I wanted to make sure to get a good lap in. I am fighting for the Championship especially with Michael, of course, and the most important thing is starting ahead of him, tomorrow. I think we've got a really good race car and it's going to be an interesting race."
Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1):
"It looks like this starting grid promises an interesting race. We are reasonably happy with our qualifying positions. It is obviously good to be in front of our direct rivals in both Championships. We have a good strategy for the race and the race set-up works well."
Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
"We are pleased with the qualifying result, although there were surprises at the top of the grid. Alonso was fantastic, especially in the second and third sector. Whereas Ralf set a faultless lap, Juan's was not as perfect. However, grid positions two and four do provide good chances for tomorrow's race, although it means that both our drivers have to start from the dirty side of the track."
Ralf Schumacher: 2nd
Chassis: FW25 07
Best time: 1:21,944min
Juan Pablo Montoya: 4th
Chassis: FW25 06
Best time: 1:22,180min