Gene praised for 'excellent' showing

Williams-BMW personnel have been quick to praise Marc Gene's performance in the Italian Grand Prix. The Spaniard, who was only called upon to replace the injured Ralf Schumacher on Saturday morning, finished fifth, providing the team with four vital championship points

Gene praised for 'excellent' showing

Outgoing BMW motorsport director Gerhard Berger said: "The true winner for me today was Marc Gene, who made the most of his chance and did an excellent job for the team today. What was very important given the championship situation was to bring both cars home in the points today."

Sam Michael, the team's chief operations engineer, added: "Marc did a fantastic job, considering the little time he had to prepare and showed a great pace in the race."

Gene was also pleased to score his best ever result in F1. "I am really happy," he said. "I think a good performance was to be expected, as I had once of the best cars on the grid.

"If you get the chance like I did today, you have to make the most of it, and my main priority was to avoid making mistakes, and I think the team is happy with the points I managed to score. I believe the more a driver tests, the better he becomes."

The four points earned by Gene enabled Williams to stay ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors' championship, even though Juan Pablo Montoya was unable to beat Michael Schumacher. "Ferrari had the advantage today," admitted Berger. "It will become very hard for us to crack the Ferrari nut, but I do expect an extremely exciting fight for us until the very end."

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