JPM: We'll have to adapt

New McLaren recruit Juan Pablo reckons teams and drivers will have to make changes to cope with the 2005 Formula 1 tyre rules which mean drivers will have just one set of tyres for the whole race

JPM: We'll have to adapt

The Colombian believes that effective adaptation to the new tyre situation will be crucial in deciding who comes out on top next year.

Montoya said: "We've got to learn to control the pace and that's going to be
interesting. Whoever will do the best job at controlling the tyres will have
the best pace."

The task is not a simple one though. "The problem is that we're going to have to find a compromise between lap time and tyre wear," explained Montoya, "because you have to define how much above the best lap time you want to be. You don't get anything by being 20 seconds behind somebody with 20 laps to go, because even if you're one second per lap quicker you'll catch him but you won't pass him."

Montoya's driving has always been about all-out aggression, so will he have to change his own style to fit in with the new formats?

"I think it's going to be interesting," he said. "The races won't only be about pushing hard all the way, it will be also important to think on how to use
your tyres and do a good management of the tyre wear rate."

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