Dennis Voices Support for Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya has been given a vote of support from team boss Ron Dennis, despite appearing to have been overshadowed by teammate Kimi Raikkonen for much of the season

Dennis Voices Support for Montoya

Although Montoya has won two races this season, including last weekend's Italian Grand Prix, both those triumphs came after Raikkonen was thwarted by 10-place grid penalties.

Dennis is adamant, however, that Montoya is performing as well as Raikkonen and that only now is the Colombian feeling confident enough in the car to be able to show what he can do.

"I think he has the same amount of confidence as Kimi," said Dennis, well aware of the impact that the shoulder injury Montoya suffered earlier in the season has had on the campaign.

"His accident definitively slowed down the speed at which he got as confident as he is now. Irrespective of how the accident happened, which is always immaterial to me, he was always conscious that it wasn't a particularly good thing for him or us.

"It wasn't just a case of coming back; it was going through the pain barrier, getting up the speed, earning back some brownie points and getting the job done. And that's where he is now."

Montoya has welcomed Dennis's support, and claims that he does not believe that he is being outclassed by his teammate.

"I don't feel inferior to Raikkonen, because if he's been unlucky on many occasions, I also haven't had an easy season," said Montoya in Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday.

"I found myself driving a car built around my teammate who prefers it leaning towards understeer, exactly the opposite to what I like.

"Only with time have I managed to modify it, even though it isn't yet 100 percent to my tastes."

Montoya backs Dennis' view that the shoulder injury he suffered from earlier in the season delayed him getting up to speed with McLaren.

"I lost two races and I came back in Spain when I still wasn't in perfect shape," he said. "I did it otherwise I would have had to qualify last in Monte Carlo, and I wasn't still at my best.

"Only now I started getting some satisfaction. It is a shame, because the fight for the title for me ended before starting."

shares
comments
Montoya will Keep Helping Raikkonen
Previous article

Montoya will Keep Helping Raikkonen

Next article

Monza Alarmed by Poor Attendance

Monza Alarmed by Poor Attendance
The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate Plus

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Alpine’s signing of Pierre Gasly alongside Esteban Ocon revives memories of a famous all-French line-up, albeit in the red of Ferrari, for BEN EDWARDS. Can the former AlphaTauri man's arrival help the French team on its path back to winning ways in a tribute act to the Prancing Horse's title-winning 1983?

How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021? Plus

How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021?

OPINION: A system to score all the grands prix from the past two seasons produces some interesting results and sets a standard that 2023 should surely exceed

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022? Plus

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who was the fastest driver in 2022? Everyone has an opinion, but what does the stopwatch say? Obviously, differing car performance has an effect on ultimate laptime – but it’s the relative speed of each car/driver package that’s fascinating and enlightening says ALEX KALINAUCKAS

Formula 1
Jan 30, 2023
Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return Plus

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

He has more starts without a podium than anyone else in Formula 1 world championship history, but Nico Hulkenberg is back for one more shot with Haas. After spending three years on the sidelines, the revitalised German is aiming to prove to his new team what the F1 grid has been missing

Formula 1
Jan 29, 2023
The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected Plus

The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected

The late Mauro Forghieri played a key role in Ferrari’s mid-1960s turnaround, says STUART CODLING, and his pretty, intricate 1512 was among the most evocative cars of the 1.5-litre era. But a victim of priorities as Formula 1 was deemed less lucrative than success in sportscars, its true potential was never seen in period

Formula 1
Jan 28, 2023
Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss Plus

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

OPINION: Fred Vasseur has spent only a few weeks as team principal for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, but is already intent on taking the Scuderia back to the very top. And despite it being arguably the most demanding job in motorsport, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge

Formula 1
Jan 27, 2023
The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023 Plus

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?

Formula 1
Jan 26, 2023
Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history? Plus

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history?

Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? LUKE SMITH asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2023