Williams returns to scene of victory

Williams returns to scene of victory

Frank Williams is happy to return to Monaco, where Juan Pablo Montoya took victory last year but knows it will be a tough challenge to repeat the feat. It was a good weekend for Williams in 2003, with Ralf Schumacher on pole and then Montoya's...

Frank Williams is happy to return to Monaco, where Juan Pablo Montoya took victory last year but knows it will be a tough challenge to repeat the feat. It was a good weekend for Williams in 2003, with Ralf Schumacher on pole and then Montoya's win, and it signified the start of a Williams fight back in the mid season. Whether the team can do the same again remains to be seen.

Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates victory.
Photo by Sutton Motorsport Images.

"The Monaco Grand Prix is a tension-laden weekend, especially for the drivers," Frank Williams told the team website. "It is also a very hard four days for everyone who participates in the event due to the space-constraints of the Principality."

"However, we are looking forward to returning to the scene of the team's first victory of the season last year when Juan Pablo drove such a spectacular race. Prior to that, the team hadn't won on the streets of Monte Carlo for twenty years so the victory was particularly poignant."

"Juan's win also marked another turn around in the team's fortunes. Following a disappointing start to the season, the win at Monaco was the beginning of a run of victories and the start of a thrilling Championship battle. Winning at Monaco is undoubtedly the sweetest victory, when it's achieved, but achieving it is always a tough challenge."

Montoya himself is still proud of conquering Monaco and hopes the FW26, which has struggled somewhat so far this season, will be competitive this weekend. "I was on pole two years ago and I won last year," said the Colombian.

"I remain very proud of this particular victory as it has long been one of my main Formula One ambitions to win at Monaco. This year will really down to the car if we'll be able to catch up with our competitors. Naturally I'll be giving my all to repeat last year's success."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams