McLaren Win British Grand Prix
McLaren driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, has won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Montoya reportedly told his McLaren team he was going to win the Grand Prix and beat Fernando Alonso before the race started. According to commentators he did both in style.
The McLaren driver beat Renault’s Fernando Alonso into second place, while Montoya’s team-mate, Kimi Raikonnnen, claimed third making it an all Michelin podium at Silverstone. Ferrari was the only Bridgestone supplied team to feature in the top eight, with Michael Schumacher taking sixth and Rubens Barrichello taking seventh.
The world champion admitted there is no end in sight when it comes to Ferrari’s lack of competitiveness. “If you look at the lap times we were doing in the race, it doesn’t look very good for us,” Schumacher said. “We have been moving backwards in the last few races not forwards. We have to admit we are not good enough.” The BBC has reported that many F1 observers believe Ferrari’s problems are caused by their Bridgestone tyres, which are considered to be less competitive than the Michelins used by the other top teams.
“There is an element that we are the only prime customer of Bridgestone. It is a sensitive and controversial subject and people will say, perhaps quite rightly, that that’s your own fault. But when you have such a substantial change in the tyre regulations, there is a steep learning curve and Bridgestone has one partner contributing to the learning curve. Michelin and their teams have the benefit of a group effort. We were wrong-footed by the regulations and other teams have done a better job,” Ferrari team boss Ross Brawn added.
Meanwhile Jenson Button has ruled out a move to Ferrari or any other team unless he can win the world championship with them. After finishing fifth at Silverstone, BAR-Honda will hope to keep hold of the driver, but he could leave for Williams next year and he was linked with a surprise move to Ferrari over the weekend.
However the driver himself appears to be staying put, for the time being at least: “If Ferrari are the sixth best team next year I have no reason to move apart from a nice company car. That’s not really enough, is it? I want to be with the best team, whoever that is.”