Monaco GP: Race notes - Williams


Alex Wurz led the AT&T Williams team home in his first points finish this season at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix, but Nico Rosberg was unable to capitalise on his better grid position in the race. Alex's success was based on a one-stop strategy with two critical elements during the afternoon – overhauling a pair of Hondas in his pitstop and holding off a hard charging Raikkonen for a long period at the end of his second stint. Nico ran a two stop race, but having dropped a place at the first corner to Nick Heidfeld, found himself stuck behind the slower BMW, costing him time and unravelling his race strategy as he spent long periods in traffic.

Alex Wurz: I'm a bit sad the race is all over – I love it here in Monaco and you want it to go on for ever. It was a good afternoon and it was critical for me to really pull some laps out to get past Button & Barrichello in the middle part of the race and then keep Raikkonen behind me at the end. I am glad it worked - Sunday has played out well and I did my bit behind the wheel of the car.

Nico Rosberg: Today was something of a disappointing race, really. I had a good start but then Fisichella really closed in at the first corner and I had to back up. My first thought was to be careful not to crash, but looking back maybe I shouldn't have and I might have had the chance to score points. I realised that my race was really compromised when I was stuck behind Heidfeld and had no chance to pass him. My strategy was right, but being in traffic ruined it all. Our pace was good here, and it's a shame we could not score more points.

Sam Michael, Technical Director: Today was a good result for Alex who drove a solid race and picked up a couple of points. Unfortunately Nico's race was over at the first corner when Heidfeld got past him. Without that he had the pace to run in the top five, but that's the way it goes around Monaco. It's good to come away with some points and two reliable cars.

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Published: 27/05/2007
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