Ralf Schumacher is ready to play hardball with Williams teammate Juan Pablo Montoya if the Colombian pulls another move on him like in Australia. At the first corner Montoya went wide and when elbowing his way back onto the track he touched ...
Ralf Schumacher is ready to play hardball with Williams teammate Juan Pablo Montoya if the Colombian pulls another move on him like in Australia. At the first corner Montoya went wide and when elbowing his way back onto the track he touched Schumacher's car. It was the latest in a long line of clashes between the pair and, as usual, Ralf was not impressed.
"The only thing I have to say is that it was a pretty strong move and next time I will have him off the track," said the German at today's FIA press conference. "It was just a move that was based on me making space for him, which I did not, obviously because that early in the race I did not want to put our positions into danger, on the basis of scoring as much as possible and getting the best out of the weekend. I just think that move was not the right thing to do."
Schumacher conceded that he and Montoya generally work well as teammates, at least as far as possible when they are both aiming to win, but the Colombian's on track aggression is something he does not agree with.
"To be honest, we have a reasonable relationship as team-mates, that's not the thing. Sometimes we clearly do not agree on the circuit, which is normal because we both want to win," Ralf remarked. "Otherwise I am concentrating on the team's problem at the moment, which is trying to reduce the gap (with Ferrari)."
"The only thing I would add is that if somebody brakes into a corner with the intention of either crashing into somebody or he gives you space then that is the wrong move, let's put it that way."
Montoya leaves Williams at the end of this season for McLaren and Schumacher's contract has yet to be renewed. Wherever Schumacher's future may lie, 2004 could well be the best chance for both drivers to win the championship -- no doubt there are more battles to come.