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Brawn Compliments Montoya

Wednesday April 4th, 2001

Formula One new-boy Juan Pablo Montoya has impressed Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn after his dramatic overtaking move that gained him the lead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Williams driver shot past Ferrari's Michael Schumacher at turn one of the Interlagos circuit to leave the triple world champion trailing in his wake.

Brawn was astounded at the Williams man's pace, and proclaimed: "It was a great move from Montoya on Michael after the safety car.

"After a few laps he (Schumacher) was struggling to keep up with Montoya and it didn't make any sense."

But things went even worse for Schumacher when the rain came down, and Brawn has admitted that his team made a mistake somewhere.

"I think the fact that when the rain came the car was so bad indicates we got something wrong," added Brawn. "Michael was spinning several times in the wet. Is that normal? No. We got something wrong somewhere.

"Michael came over the radio and said he thought we had put the intermediates on the wrong way round because the car was so bad."

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