Williams seeks pre-Suzuka points cushion

WilliamsF1's chief operations engineer Sam Michael says that the Grove-based team needs to leapfrog Michael Schumacher and Ferrari as quickly as possible if it is going to win the world championship - because the final race of the year will be one of its hardest

Williams seeks pre-Suzuka points cushion

With four races remaining, and Juan Pablo Montoya six points behind Ferrari's Michael Schumacher in the title race, Michael says his team needs to continue to push the development of the FW25 chassis. He has identified the final round, Suzuka in Japan, as Williams' toughest assignment and the reason why it needs to wrest the advantage away from Schumacher as soon as possible.

"I think that will be the hardest race," he admitted. "I think at Hungary and Monza we can do the same job as Hockenheim. Indy will be about equal [with Ferrari], but we should be able to do something. Then Suzuka will be tough."

"Once we get to a high-speed track, with a lot of high-speed changes of direction and cold temperatures, they [Ferrari and Bridgestone] are potentially stronger than us. That's why from our point of view it would be wise to try and get into the last race with a bit of a lead in the championship rather than being behind. We'll just take every race as it comes and see what happens."

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