Mario Theissen Q&A

BMW Williams took the lead of the constructors' championship after Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher finished third and fourth at the Hungarian GP. It's a good time to be nosing in front, and both halves of the partnership are determined to hang on over the next three races. It's 20 years since BMW won the drivers' title with Nelson Piquet, but that year the constructors' version went to Ferrari, so the marque has never actually won. Adam Cooper spoke to motorsport director Mario Theissen.

Mario Theissen Q&A



"For one race we were in the lead after Malaysia last year, with the one-two. But that was by accident!"



"It was an exciting race, one of the best races we've had so far this year."



"You can say that! We were P8 and P19, and for Ralf to get up to fourth on a track where overtaking is difficult is quite an achievement. So in the end we were very pleased of course, especially because we took the lead in the constructors' championship."



"The drivers' championship starts to look quite interesting with three races to go, so it will be an exciting season final."



"I think we should be strong at Monza, I think we should be equal to the others at Indy, and I respect very much Ferrari at Suzuka."



"Of course the situation has gone in favour of us, especially in the constructors', and that's one we really want to win. We will push like hell for that, the whole team."



"At the moment I don't see this situation. I think we can sort it out in a sporting way."



"It was a very strong qualifying and a very strong race by Fernando Alonso. He made no mistakes and he was quick throughout the race. If I look at the lap times our drivers did it would have been an exciting fight for the lead, but congratulations to Alonso and Renault for a fantastic race."



"It was a bit strange, I have to say, and I don't expect him to continue like this until the end of the season."

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