Ralf Schumacher will need to think positively and not let a poor race set up distract him if he wants to win this year’s F1 driver’s title, says Williams-BMW team boss Patrick Head.

Ralf Schumacher will need to think positively and not let a poor race set up distract him if he wants to win this year’s F1 driver’s title, says Williams-BMW team boss Patrick Head.


Echoing statements made by former F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen last week, Head told the that Ralf needed to be more consistent: "If the car is bad at the start of a race meeting, it can be very hard work to turn it around for him.


"Ralf must get his head around limiting the damage if the car is not good. He knows this year will be an opportunity to win the championship and he will be putting all his effort into trying to make that happen," he added.


"The team does its best job of predicting the best set-up for that circuit and the driver has an open input into that. And if they haven't selected right, or maybe the characteristic of the car isn't optimum for that track, then the driver has to switch into: 'How can I do the least damage to my championship?'


"He's got to have positive attitude to it. If, say, the car was not very good and he comes away with a second place, then he's got to say that was a good weekend; I limited the damage. That's an important thing for Ralf to get his head around."


Last week, former McLaren-Mercedes driver Hakkinen stated the German "was too inconsistent for someone who's driven more than 100 grands prix. "I think Ralf should work a bit more and moan a bit less,” the Finn said. “Sometimes he can be very good - Magny-Cours last year, for example. But after that, even though he had no mechanical failures, he scored only five more championship points. I hope he'll look at statistics like that and admit to himself that he just wasn't good enough last year."


Even team boss Frank Williams said Ralf should be more aggressive. "Ralf's a funny guy," Sir Frank said. "There were some races, notably in Japan and Hungary, when he would pass people as if they were not there, which he normally doesn't do."


"I guess he's not aggressive enough on other occasions. But it's easy to be critical of anybody if you want to be, and he's fearsomely quick in the right circumstances," Sir Frank added.

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