Wurz the unexpected winner for Williams 27 May 2007
After his spectacular fifth place in qualifying, Nico Rosberg was expected to be the star of Williams Monaco Grand Prix. However, in the end it was team mate Alexander Wurz who came from 11th on the grid to score two points for seventh place, while Rosberg trailed in 12th.
Differing strategies - and traffic - was the explanation. Williams had opted to put Rosberg on a two-stopper - understandable given his third-row starting position - but it all went wrong when the single-stopping BMW Sauber of Nick Heidfeld got ahead of the German at the start.
"I realised that my race was really compromised when I was stuck behind Heidfeld and had no chance to pass him, said a disappointed Rosberg. 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."
Wurz, meanwhile, could not have been happier with his single-stop strategy - so happy in fact that he did not want the race to end. He successfully fended off the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages to secure his first points of 2007.
"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, said the Austrian. It was a good afternoon and it was critical for me to really pull some laps out to get past Button and 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."
"Today was a good result for Alex who drove a solid race, added Williams technical director Sam Michael. 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."
Williams leave Monte Carlo fifth in the constructors standings on seven points - two ahead of engine suppliers Toyota, who failed to score.