San Marino GP: Williams race notes

Juan Pablo Montoya scored another podium finish today, achieving third position. The BMW WilliamsF1 Team also collected some more points with Ralf Schumacher's 7th position. Juan Pablo Montoya: "The first lap was very tough. Michael Schumacher...

Juan Pablo Montoya scored another podium finish today, achieving third position. The BMW WilliamsF1 Team also collected some more points with Ralf Schumacher's 7th position.

Juan Pablo Montoya:

"The first lap was very tough. Michael Schumacher had a poor start and was slow out of the first chicane and the first few corners. I tried to pass him but he closed the door twice. I had to back off but when I tried again he hit me and pushed me out on to the grass. I am very disappointed as this was not fair racing. Jenson had an incredibly fast pace, therefore third is the best I could do today since our car was just not quick enough. We need to improve our complete package to be competitive in order to catch-up with the leaders."

Ralf Schumacher:

"Until the incident with Alonso I was quite happy with the weekend in general, obviously it was a shame what happened. It was good to score some points and I think we made the best out of our package today. It's pretty clear that we have to improve but we are not that far away."

Sam Michael (Chief Operations Engineer, WilliamsF1)

"Obviously we have got a lot of work to do to improve the car and get back to challenging at the front. After the incident with Michael at the start, Juan had a fairly quiet race but then in the closing laps of the race he had to react to Fernando Alonso. Ralf had a good start but lost ground in the Michael-Juan Pablo fight, losing one position. Our strategy went well and we should have had both cars in the top four but it didn't work out. In terms of reliabilty both cars were fine."

Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):

"Coming third was today the maximum Juan could achieve. Ralf's collision with Alonso unfortunately cost the team some championship points. The gap to the Ferrari during the race was about one second per lap which matched what we had expected beforehand. We obviously need to improve our overall performance. Reliability wise the BMW engines ran absolutely trouble free in both cars."

Juan Pablo Montoya: 3rd
Chassis: FW26 05
Best time: 1:21.870 min (lap 27, 6th overall)

Ralf Schumacher: 7th
Chassis: FW26 07
Best time: 1:21.689 min (lap 30, 5th overall)

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams