Friday June 15th, 2001
Williams technical director Patrick Head has praised his team for their push on reliability which helped Ralf Schumacher turn an impressive performance into a race win at last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.
The on-form but so far this season unreliable team clearly had the pace to outperform their rivals in Canada, but Head still believes the consistency required for a championship rally is not yet there.
"Not really," said Head when asked if he thought they could fight for the title. "We are so far behind, but you never know - it really depends on whether we can do our job well from a reliability and performance point of view.
"The team have worked very hard all year but really since Monaco we have had a massive blitz on reliability and various aspects of the brakes and things like that and it is good to see that work rewarded."
The simple fact is every time a Williams has finished a race this season it has finished in the points, so the confidence of future success is most definitely justified.
Schumacher may have only finished three races, but of those he won two. And although teammate Juan Pablo Montoya has finished just one out of eight, that netted him six points for second place.