JPM and Ralf have no problems

Ralf Schumacher has denied that he ever had a poor relationship with his former Williams team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya. Speaking at his 2005 team Toyota's chassis launch, Schumacher suggested that the presumed antipathy between the pair was a media exaggeration, and that they remain in touch with each other

JPM and Ralf have no problems

"The perception that we didn't get on was wrong," said Schumacher. "We get on fine most of the time. And I actually called him before Christmas and we chatted.

"There were one or two times after a couple of incidents on the track (when) we weren't talking so much, but the media made more of that than was really true."

Schumacher hinted that he felt Williams was at fault for not encouraging a smooth and co-operative team atmosphere.

"Williams is not noted as a team that tries to make its driver work together, which probably didn't help," he said.

At Saturday's Toyota launch technical director Mike Gascoyne suggested that Ralf's form at Williams had been adversely affected by the "prickly" presence of Juan Pablo.

"(Montoya) must have been a distraction," said Gascoyne.

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