Following the recent victory at
Monaco, it's a 1,2 sweep for the BMW-Williams F1 team!
In Formula One
racing action, Ralf Schumacher captured
the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, and
Juan Pablo Montoya finished second.
The victory was Schumacher's first of the season and fifth of his F1
career. Ralf's last win was the
Malaysian Grand Prix in March 2002. He was one of only two
non-Ferrari winners last year out of 17 races. In the last three races
Juan Pablo and Ralf have each won once and taken two seconds. The last
time both drivers of the BMW-Williams F1 Team joined the podium
ceremony together in the same positions but in opposite order, was at
the German Grand Prix in 2002.
In spite of Ralf's victory, the story of the day
was a passing incident that occurred between Juan Pablo and Ralf's
brother Michael, the 5-time world champion. Montoya and Michael
Schumacher collided on lap 43 at the bottom hairpin while fighting
over second place. Montoya continued on, but Schumacher got caught on
the curbs. The German kept his engine running even while stuck and
with the legal assistance of three track workers, got back into the
fray in sixth place. Over the remaining 17 laps, however, the No.1
Ferrari could only pass one car.
"He had a pretty good straight, but he was very
slow in the corner. I gave Michael plenty of room but I wasn't going
to give him all the track," said Montoya. "We touched, he spun, I
continued and that's it. It was a racing incident - even if I must say
that overtaking Michael at his home grand prix was much fun."
After the race, Michael Schumacher was not upset
at Juan Pablo: "The collision with Juan Pablo was a straightforward
racing incident," said Michael. "He was faster than me, tried to pass
and gave me just enough room to survive. Maybe I could have wished for
a little bit more space, but I have no problem with Juan Pablo over
this. No-one was to blame. And considering that my lead in the world
championship has now increased to seven points I cannot really
complain about the result of the race especially as with the new
points system it takes longer to catch-up."
The win pushed Ralf to within 8 points of second
place in the race for the world driving championship.
Juan Pablo summed up the team's recent
performance nicely when he said, "Today we proved again that our cars
have improved and that we are definitely on our way up."