Wednesday April 11th, 2001
World champion Michael Schumacher has sent a warning to Colombian rookie Juan Pablo Montoya following the Williams driver's brilliant performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Montoya, 25, led half the race in only his third Grand Prix after spectacularly overtaking Schumacher's Ferrari on lap two, and the Colombian kept the lead until Jos Verstappen's Arrows crashed into his car when lapping him.
Despite the Colombian's performance, Schumacher thinks Montoya still has a lot to prove in Formula One, and he claims that his brother Ralf should have won the race.
"If you look at the pure lap time you see that my brother was eight-tenths faster than Montoya's fastest time so I think the real winner should have been my brother," Schumacher said.
"Don't misunderstand me. For sure Montoya did a fantastic race, sometimes the media make too much out of things.
"Fisichella, Wurz, Trulli and Button, they are all great drivers, but after one overtaking you are not the champion automatically. You need more."