Montoya and Ralf race harder

Montoya and Ralf race harder

Juan Pablo Montoya thinks Williams team mate Ralf Schumacher races harder against him than anyone else on the track. The Colombian said Ralf changes his driving line to fight against him, which he doesn't do to anyone else, not even brother ...

Juan Pablo Montoya thinks Williams team mate Ralf Schumacher races harder against him than anyone else on the track. The Colombian said Ralf changes his driving line to fight against him, which he doesn't do to anyone else, not even brother Michael.

"Sometimes you see harder racing from Ralf with me than with anybody else," Montoya complained in Motorsport News. "You don't see Ralf changing lines to block Michael down the straight, do you? The only guy he changes his racing against to be harder with is me, and that shouldn't be. If you are racing hard with me then you should race hard with everybody. It is not like I am nice to everybody except Ralf."

Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by BMW PressClub.
The argumentative pair clashed several times in the 2002 season, the last episode being at the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis. The result was Ralf being relegated to a non-points finish and Montoya losing out on a possible podium.

While Frank Williams likes his drivers to be competitive with each other as well as the rest of the field, Montoya and Ralf have tested the team's patience with their clashes. After Indy, a rather annoyed Patrick Head said the situation was ridiculous: "We've had some fantastic drivers in the past but they just haven't driven into each other," the technical director grumped. "It's absolutely ridiculous. For the amount of effort that goes into this, to have that happen is completely unacceptable."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams