Montoya issues word of warning

Juan Pablo Montoya has warned his Williams-BMW team that it should take nothing for granted at this weekend's German Grand Prix

Montoya issues word of warning

The Anglo-German outfit is hot favourite to notch up its third victory of the season in Sunday's race at Hockenheim as the high-speed, low-downforce nature of the circuit should suit its BMW-powered FW23 machine.

That is bourne out by the team's outstanding record at the German track where it has claimed victory an impressive seven times. However, Montoya believes the team should not be over confident.

Williams has had a roller coaster year and after taking wins at San Marino and again in Canada last month, the Grove-based outfit went off the boil at the British GP. Ralf Schumacher qualified on pole two races ago in France, but at Silverstone, the team's home circuit, the German was just 10th on the grid.

"It would be nice to win here and Williams do look good at this track, but sometimes we surprise ourselves," said Montoya. "We think we are going to be strong, but then we are not, just like in Canada.

The team's pace is very dependent on how well its Michelin tyres perform. The French rubber tends work better under higher temperatures, which is why Schumacher and Montoya struggled at Silverstone, where conditions were cooler.

"At the moment we have got the temperatures to suit us," added Montoya. "And the car should be really strong, especially if we get a good set-up and get a consistent rhythm. But it is still very much ifs and buts."

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