Ralf scores his own record

Ralf scores his own record

While Fernando Alonso was breaking records at the Malaysian Grand Prix -- youngest ever driver on pole position and the only Spanish driver ever to claim pole -- Ralf Schumacher set a little record all of his own. The Williams driver qualified a...

While Fernando Alonso was breaking records at the Malaysian Grand Prix -- youngest ever driver on pole position and the only Spanish driver ever to claim pole -- Ralf Schumacher set a little record all of his own. The Williams driver qualified a lowly seventeenth but finished the race fourth, thus climbing the most places in the team's history.

Ralf Schumacher.
Photo by BMW PressClub.
"I think that I still have to get used to the new qualifying," said Schumacher, after fighting back twelve places. "Considering my initial grid position, I'm absolutely happy with 4th place. Now, after the race, I know for sure that we definitively have a car that is able to win and is going to win many races. That much is certain."

Ralf managed to avoid the second corner incident involving brother Michael and Williams team mate Juan Pablo Montoya to have a strong race: "The accident right after the start mixed up the field," said BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen.

"Ralf took advantage of the situation and managed to reach the midfield. You don't often see a driver achieving fourth place after having started 17th. Ralf really did the very best he could."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams