It's a relief to finish, says Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya said it was a relief to finally score some points after a string of non-finishes. The Williams-BMW driver, who has been underfire for only finishing one of his first eight Formula 1 races - despite leading two - followed Michael Schumacher home to finish second, just as he did in Spain two months ago

It's a relief to finish, says Montoya

Montoya, along with third placed David Coulthard, was a major benefactor of Ralf Schumacher's slip in driving over the exit border of the pit lane and being slapped with a 10 second stop-go penalty.

The German surrendered second place to serve out his penalty and that left Montoya free to pursue the world champion. Although Schumacher's advantage came down, the Ferrari driver was never seriously challenged as he won by 4.2 seconds.

"It is a relief to finish second and to finish again," said the Colombian. "We have given away quite a few points this year. We had problems at the start of the year, but everything is coming together now.

"It doesn't matter what the critics say, I was trying hard, I was very competitive and today things started to turn my way. I decided to take it steady for the first few laps and get into the feeling and it worked out well."

Montoya also received praise from his boss, Williams technical director Patrick Head, who said the former Indy 500 winner and CART champion drove a mature race at the Nurburgring.

"It's great for Juan Pablo to get this result," said Head. "He drove really well today and he showed great wisdom."

Montoya now has 12 points - the same total as Jenson Button last year but significantly less than team mate Ralf who has 25 points.

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