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Williams: Ralf in the Same League as Michael and Mika

Tuesday June 12th, 2001

Ralf Schumacher is as good as his three-time world champion brother Michael and twice champion Mika Hakkinen, according to his boss Frank Williams.

Ralf, younger brother of Ferrari driver Michael, scored a dominant second career win at the Canadian Grand Prix last Sunday, adding it to his first victory this year in San Marino.

The 26-year old German driver was clearly the class of the field in Canada, and Williams believes Ralf is as good as his brother.

"In my opinion he is up there with Michael and Hakkinen," said Williams. "Ralf is a natural winner who is going to get better and better and he gets older and more experienced.

"I remember telling people in the middle of 1999 that if Ralf was in a winning car, a Ferrari or a McLaren, he would already have won races. His manner of winning was exemplary."

Williams, who before the season began played down their chances of winning races this year, is now optimistic of scoring another win in 2001.

"If we do not win at least one more race I would be very surprised. I do not wish to be too optimistic but clearly the car is very, very good."

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