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APRIL 4, 2001

Brawn marvels at Montoya

FERRARI technical director Ross Brawn has been left bemused by the pace of Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya and is in awe of the overtaking move the young Colombian pulled on his team's driver Michael Schumacher.

Montoya squeezed past Schumacher into turn one in Brazil, pushing him wide on the exit, and leaving Schumacher unable to fight back as the Williams stormed ahead.

Brawn was astounded at the Williams man's pace, and proclaimed: "It was a great move from Montoya on Michael after the safety car.

"After a few laps he (Schumacher) was struggling to keep up with Montoya and it didn't make any sense."

But things went even worse for Schumacher when the rain came down, and Brawn has admitted that his team made a mistake somewhere.

"I think the fact that when the rain came the car was so bad indicates we got something wrong," added Brawn.

"Michael was spinning several times in the wet. Is that normal? No. We got something wrong somewhere.

"Michael came over the radio and said he thought we had put the intermediates on the wrong way round because the car was so bad."

It proved that Ferrari is not infallible, and the team will now analyze the data in an effort to solve the problem before their 'home' race in San Marino on April 15.