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Montoya says it's tough to predict Malaysian form 19 Mar 2003

Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) Williams.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 6 March 2003

Recovered from the spin that cost him the Australian Grand Prix, following a holiday in Australia with his new wife Connie, Juan Pablo Montoya believes that things could go either way for BMW Williams in Malaysia thanks to the new regulations.

"I think the hot weather in Malaysia should suit our package and especially our tyres with the improvements Michelin has made," Montoya said. "I am not concerned about the rain. With its fast and slow corners, qualifying is going to be quite a challenge. It will be good fun. But it will also be hard to predict how things go."

Melbourne winner David Coulthard isn't sure what to expect. "I need to try to make some sense of what strategy people were on," he said after the Australian opener. "We know for sure that we were out of position in qualifying. We had pace enough to be on the second row, so from that we will try to work out if there's going to be a trend of what people have done in qualifying, which I don't see being significantly different in Malaysia. Probably a bit more of the same but hopefully not with us being so far out of sequence."

Michael Schumacher quietly says he is confident that Ferrari will be "competitive"...