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A very sombre weekend for everyone at Monza ended on a high note for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team with Juan Pablo Montoya winning his first Grand Prix and Ralf Schumacher coming third. This win has been overshadowed by the events in America and the...

A very sombre weekend for everyone at Monza ended on a high note for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team with Juan Pablo Montoya winning his first Grand Prix and Ralf Schumacher coming third. This win has been overshadowed by the events in America and the news of Alex Zanardi's accident in Germany yesterday.

Juan Pablo Montoya
"The whole team -- WilliamsF1, BMW and Michelin -- have done a fantastic job for me and I am so happy with the result. I think this a great day for me, especially as my father is here and it is his birthday. It was also exactly a year ago that I had my last win in CART.At the beginning of the race I had lots of oversteer everywhere, but the car got better and better and the speed was there when I needed it."

Ralf Schumacher
"I did not find the best set-up for my car the whole weekend. But I would like to thank the team, being first and third here is a very strong effort. Because of the bad things that have happened I find it difficult to celebrate so hope everyone understands the reasons for my reaction to what is going on."

Patrick Head, Technical Director
"The whole team did an impressive job today and Juan Pablo deserved his first Formula 1 win. Ralf's tyres blistered so he had problems holding Rubens behind him. The drivers and every member of the team were concerned about Alex yesterday, but today we had to concentrate on the race and obviously the result is very good."

Gerhard Berger, BMW Motorsport Director
"It is not the correct moment to be happy, but seeing both the drivers on the podium is obviously a great success for us. Juan Pablo first, Ralf third, that is our best result so far. We expected Ferrari to be a very strong competitor and we were right to do so. The race showed there was no room to make even the smallest mistake. This victory will make Juan Pablo's confidence even stronger and I am sure we will see more strong drives from him."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams