Montoya spells out task for Williams

Juan Pablo Montoya has voiced just how much Williams must improve if it is to beat the dominant Ferrari team in Formula 1 next year

Montoya spells out task for Williams

The Colombian and his team-mate Ralf Schumacher are second and third respectively in this season's points standings. But they have only scored one victory between them, while Ferrari has racked up 10 with five races still to go.

"We've got to step up our game massively technically," said Montoya, who finished a distant second to world champion Michael Schumacher at the German Grand Prix.

"The equipment we have is not quick enough, plain and simple. If Williams wants to win, we have to have the speed of Ferrari next year."

Last year, Williams had a clear power advantage from its BMW engine. But Ferrari has even clawed that gap back, says Montoya.

"If you look at the split times now, Ferrari is right there with the engine. Last year we had a big advantage with the engine so down the straights we could pull lots of performance on them."

Both Williams and rival McLaren have already made it clear that they are planning revolutionary rather than evolutionary steps to take on Ferrari in 2003.

Williams technical director Patrick Head told last week's AUTOSPORT magazine: "On the chassis side, the difference is big. We have to identify the cause and not just produce a car that is as good as Ferrari's this year. We have to try to produce one in absolute terms that is as good as we possibly can."

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