Williams hails Ralf and Michelin

Frank Williams praised his driver Ralf Schumacher and tyre suppliers Michelin after seeing his team's crushing Canadian Grand Prix victory

Williams hails Ralf and Michelin

Ralf beat his brother Michael in a tight duel at Montreal, eventually winning by 20.2s after producing a series of record-breaking laps during before his pit stop.

"The car is clearly very, very good and Ralf is a natural winner," said Williams. "Michelin did a really good job. The tyres are surprising everybody - and they are hurting some of those people."

Before the weekend many pundits had tipped the Williams-BMW team for victory in Canada. The Michelin tyres were expected to perform well in the hot temperatures, and the long straights of the track favoured the powerful BMW engine. But Williams insisted that although the team looked competitive all weekend, they were never too optimistic.

"The press said that we could win the race, but we always viewed that from a distance and we know more about the car than they do," said Williams, whose team has now won twice in the past four races.

"Admittedly, our car is good. It is clearly very competitive and Ralf said on the radio that the car was feeling fantastic and very fast on the straight.

"But that didn't mean we thought we were going to win."

Schumacher remains fourth in the drivers' championship, but the ten points for his Montreal victory have moved him to within two points of third-placed Rubens Barrichello. Williams-BMW remains third in the constructors' championship behind Ferrari and McLaren.

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