Ralf Schumacher has said he will help his Williams team-mate, Juan-Pablo Montoya, win the world championship this season, putting his team before family.

Ralf Schumacher has said he will help his Williams team-mate Juan-Pablo Montoya win the world championship this season, putting his team before family.

Montoya trails Michael Schumacher by just six points with four races remaining and is 12 points ahead of Ralf Schumacher. BMW Motorsport boss Mario Theissen has already called for team strategy that favours Montoya for the remaining races.

Ralf Schumacher says he will support his team-mate, but has not given up on his own championship aspirations. "I am an employee of BMW-Williams so if such a situation arose I would help my team-mate, even if my heart perhaps wants a Schumacher to win the title," Schumacher said.

"But Formula One is not a ride in the park and Michael knows that too. There is a lot of money involved and if there is a chance for my team to be world champions, I will give my all.

"I have not given up on the world championship," said Schumacher. "After the bad luck I have had I now have to look on the bright side. I still have hope."

BMW motorsport boss Gerhard Berger says he believes this is Williams’ year. "Now, in the last third of the season, we are entering the most exciting phase. Our two one-twos before Silverstone have provided us with the chance to fight for the title against Ferrari and McLaren,” he said.

"But this means that we might get under a lot of pressure suddenly two or three races before the end of the season.

"And all team members, from drivers to mechanics, will have to be able to stand this pressure. This is a situation we haven't experienced so far, nevertheless I think that our team is ready for the title."