JPM 'committed' to Williams

Juan Pablo Montoya has vowed that he is committed to winning the 2004 Formula 1 World Championship for Williams, despite having signed a deal with McLaren-Mercedes for the following season

JPM 'committed' to Williams

Speaking at the launch of the team's new challenger in Valencia today (Monday), Montoya said that he is determined to win the world title with the Grove-based team before moving on in 2005.

"I am 100 per cent committed to Williams," he said. "I still see myself as a Williams driver. I want to win the title, and I don't care if I have to beat Ferrari or McLaren to do so. I'm here to win, simple. The team knew before the end of last season that I was going, and we had a long talk about it."

Of his chances this year, Montoya added: "Last year we were a little bit behind [the opposition], so having to car early is a big step forward."

Team-mate Ralf Schumacher, whose relationship with Montoya is perceived to be frosty, says he is sad that their partnership will be split-up at the end of the season.

"It is his decision to leave," said Schumacher. "It is a shame - honest, I'm not lying. We had developed quite well as a team."

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