Wednesday June 6th, 2001
Williams technical director Patrick Head believes his drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya need to mature before they can challenge regularly for Grand Prix wins.
"In terms of speed, they compare very well with our previous partnerships, but I wouldn't say they rank with the likes of Piquet and Mansell or Jones and Reutemann in terms of wisdom," Head told Motorsport News.
"That's not just because of the bump in Monaco, though certainly they were accidents we could have done without, as every accident is a limitation to what can be achieved. But generally I wouldn't say that it's a mature partnership."
Schumacher, 25, scored his first win victory in Formula One at this year's San Marino Grand Prix earlier this season, but the German has not been able to finish a race after that. Meanwhile, his Colombian teammate Montoya has finished only one race in seven Grands Prix, when he was second in Spain.
Head added the lack of maturity of the current Formula One drivers is due to the fact that they come into Grand Prix racing earlier than before.
"I suppose 10 or 20 years ago the drivers were in their mid-thirties," he added, "but either they're younger now, or so protected from the ways of the world that they don't become as wise so quickly. I don't know."