Request for extra help

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA has asked his Williams team for some extra help to enable him to turn the tables on team-mate Ralf Schumacher. The Colombian wants to re-establish himself as Williams' main contender. Montoya wanted more assistance in getting the best out of the car.

"I said to Sam (Michael, Williams' Chief Operations Engineer): ` Look, I think I need some more help to develop the car a bit more at the races.' Two heads are better than one." In response, Williams have asked the experienced Design Engineer Frank Dernie to work with Montoya's Race Engineer Tony Ross on Grand Prix week-ends.

That mirrors the arrangement on Schumacher's car, where there are also two engineers. The move comes after Williams Technical Director Patrick Head said that "Montoya was losing out to Schumacher because his relative inexperience in F-1 was preventing him from getting the best out of his car". Schumacher has raced in F-1 since 1997, while Montoya made his debut in 2001 after racing in the US, where he won the Cart title and the Indianapolis 500.