Dernie assigned to Montoya for season

Experienced F1 designer and engineer Frank Dernie has been assigned by the BMW WilliamsF1 Team to help Juan Pablo Montoya get his world championship challenge back on track

Dernie assigned to Montoya for season

Montoya's team-mate Ralf Schumacher has won the last two races, both team 1-2s, and has finished ahead of the Colombian in the last three. Schumacher, who now lies third in the table, has a six point advantage over Montoya in the championship chase after struggling earlier in the year.

Initially it was Schumacher Jr who complained about difficulty with his car's set-up, a problem that was partially solved by Tim Preston adding his experience to the engineering input on Ralf's car. Now, however, it is Montoya who has found himself struggling for a qualifying set-up.

"I don't know what it's down to," Montoya said at Silverstone. "I think maybe I've been taking a more consistent approach while he has been risking more. I also told Sam Michael [the team's chief operations engineer] that I needed more help to develop the car, so the team has put Frank Dernie to work full time on my car, alongside my race engineer. It's nothing unusual. Ralf has two engineers as well, but the cars have actually been pretty close on set-up."

Montoya worked alongside Dernie during his second season of CART in the USA while driving for Ganassi Racing. Dernie was then employed by Lola.

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