|THE FRIDAY PREVIEW - MONTOYA BACK ON TRACK
Juan Pablo Montoya is adamant that he has put behind him the anguish of
Montreal, where he lost a likely victory - his first for McLaren -
mix-up within the team over the timing of his pit stop when the safety
was deployed after Jenson Button’s accident.
The Colombian, who won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000, is focused instead
winning here again on Sunday.
“The safety car came out and my side of the team was discussing what to
because we had like a 30-odd second lead. At the same time the safety
came out, they had about 200, 300 meters to call me in. Problem is,
my guys that run the race were talking to each other at the moment when
went to safety car. They were trying to decide how quick we should go
because we had enough pace to win the race where we were. And even if
safety car wouldn't come out, we were bailing out completely over a
lap, and they were trying to have both cars doing the same thing. So
were discussing data at that point when the safety car came out. When
radioed them, they were on the radio, so they couldn't hear it. It's
lack of anything; they made a mistake like I had made a mistake before.
We've got to get the things together. It's unlucky, but that's what it
heard this comment that they were trying to favour Kimi (Raikkonen) to
the race. It sounds pretty stupid when I would have been only nine
behind him. One of the goals is to win the Constructors’ Championship.
Myself scoring zero points and Kimi 10 doesn't help, does it?
“You know, when I was here in America Chip Ganassi did it twice to me
Detroit two years in a row, and I was winning the race both times. He
doing something else when it went yellow. It doesn't matter, you know.
That's what it is. For me, actually I don't care really that I didn't
the race in Canada. It doesn't matter, it doesn't change anything now.
You're out of the race and whatever. But after all, you know, for me
most important thing is I had been struggling to drive the car quickly.
know, my race pace was good, but I haven't been able to do much
pace. I couldn't get the most out of the car or anything, but I did
We did a lot of work, went a different way from Kimi the whole weekend
it paid off.”
Explaining the next problem, going through the red light at the pit
exit, he added: “They had to make me stop, normal thing coming out of
pits. As I approached, the blue light came on and I radioed, said, ‘Do
have to stop or not?’ I didn’t think they heard me, and the blue light
on, I thought maybe I read it as a mistake because it shouldn’t have
on. I decided to go through it. My mistake in a way but, you know, I
they’re going to give me a drive-through penalty or something or ask me
go to the back of the line. But then after that the official decided to
me out of the race. I think it’s very harsh to be honest, unfair. But
what it is. I’m over it. It’s been a tough season for me, very unlucky.
things with the FIA haven’t helped.”
While Montoya was looking ahead, Scott Speed was taking in his second
taste of Formula One racing in front of a home audience desperate to
American in the sport. “It is a great thing for this country and I’m
delighted for Scott,” 1978 world champion Mario Andretti said, adding
gestured to his grandson who will be competing in the IRL Menards
pro Series this weekend: “I hope maybe Marco might join him one day,
“I enjoyed Canada,” Speed said. “I think all the media around is one of
biggest differences. A day goes by a lot quicker. The car itself is
nice to drive, it's obviously got a lot more aerodynamic performance
it's quite pleasurable. There’s quite a big difference from anything
the aerodynamic performance, so the driving style is a bit different.
once you get used to it, it's not so bad.”
He said that the pressure of media attention was no big deal in
nor does he expect it to be too onerous here. “I don't think there's so
pressure at this moment. I mean, driving on Fridays, you're not really
competing with anything and you're not compared with anyone really. So
think the pressure will be a lot more when you get into qualifying and
But how soon that happens for him may well depend on his performances
today’s two practice sessions.
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