BMW's sporting director Mario Theissen has said that the Williams-BMW will not rush to appoint a replacement for Juan Pablo Montoya, who earlier signed to race for McLaren-Mercedes in 2005.

BMW's sporting director Mario Theissen has said that the Williams-BMW will not rush to appoint a replacement for Juan Pablo Montoya, who earlier signed to race for McLaren-Mercedes in 2005.

He said that though Williams-BMW was shocked by the Columbian's decision to move to McLaren-Mercedes, they would take there time to decide on a replacement.

"There will be a queue of drivers wanting to join us," Theissen said to .

Theissen also dismissed talks that Montoya would leave for the competition's garage before 2005 to assist in the technical development of their car.

"That will not happen" said Theissen. "Speculation suggesting it will has just been made up. "We will be using the current pairing of Ralf Schumacher and Montoya for next season."

Meanwhile, current McLaren driver, David Coulthard, who is most likely to be booted to make way for the new arrival, is apparently not seeing the signing as the end of the earth.

According to his manager, Martin Brundle, David has made is clear that he wants to race in 2005 and will not want to retire at the end of the 2004 season.

Brundle also added that Coulthard could very well still race for McLaren in 2005, since his current teammate, Kimi Raikonnen has said that his plans beyond 2004 are still unclear.