Juan Pablo Montoya Q&A

Juan Pablo Montoya is in something on an uncomfortable situation this year. The Colombian enter's his final season with Williams with his much-publicised switch to McLaren in 2005 already confirmed, leading many to question whether he will receive the full support from Williams this year. However, at Monday's launch of the radical FW26 in Valencia both Montoya and team boss Frank Williams played down the possibility of any tension between the two parties. Nonetheless, most of the questions aimed at Montoya concerned his decision to switch teams at the end of the year

Juan Pablo Montoya Q&A

"Well, it's been like that for the last six months. It doesn't change anything. I did quite a few races last year knowing about it and it didn't change anything. It doesn't change for me why I'm driving. I'm driving to win races and that's what really matters to me. It doesn't really change things if I wear a white suit or a silver suit or a red suit. I want to win races and I want to win races with the team that I'm with. At the moment I'm Williams. They're 100 percent committed to me and I'm 100 percent committed to them as well. That's the most important thing.

"I'm going to another team that I can win races with. It's like when you work for a newspaper and you go to another newspaper or from one magazine to another. Why do you move?"

"It's not the money. I think I could probably get more money here at Williams. Everybody thinks I'm going to get $20m to be at McLaren, but you'd be surprised at what I'm getting. I think if I had started dealing with Frank I could have got more money, but it wasn't about getting more money. It was about a choice that I wanted to make and that was it."

"Because I want to experience something new. I think I've achieved what I wanted to in my career as a Williams driver. You set yourself goals and I did them. If you really think about it you're going from one top team to another and in both teams you can win races. At the end of the day you say 'ok, I want to go and try something new' and I did. Simple. But I want to be world champion before I leave Williams."

"I was a big fan of Senna, who used to drive for McLaren, but that doesn't have anything to do with my going to McLaren. It's like driving a BMW or Mercedes on the road. They're both great cars, so it makes f**k all difference, does it?

"It's not about selling - it's about what you feel inside, about what you think you can achieve and what you think you can get out of something. I think what I got out of Williams has been fantastic. Frank has been really good to me and everybody at Williams and BMW has treated me really well. But it got to the point where I think that I'm not maxed out and I can develop more, so I'm going to a new team where I can meet new people and develop further.

"I didn't want to go to McLaren in 2004. I actually didn't want to go because I think Williams is in a better position to win this year than McLaren. If you look at the way things are going 2005 could be a really good year for McLaren. But this year they're changing factories and doing a lot of things outside racing, whereas Williams are 100 percent focussed on racing."

"If they are, s**t happens. I decided to go to McLaren and that's it."

"I wasn't happy. I've never been happy that Ralf was earning more than me, but that's not the reason I'm leaving. I'm making enough money to live on, honestly. When Ralf did his deal with the team, it was good timing. At the time, I was struggling with the team. They were not doing what I wanted on the car. It was very difficult for me when I was saying 'I've got understeer' and they were saying 'you can't have understeer because Ralf doesn't have understeer'. That was a very tough time for me. Ralf took that opportunity to get a lot of money out of Frank, and he did. That's business."

"I think I will get exactly the same support, to be honest. I don't see why not. I think it will be down to the wire and whoever does the best job deserves the championship. If you really know Williams, I think you shouldn't even ask this question. I ask you the question: What's the most important thing for Williams, the drivers' or constructors' championship?

"Well, we'll see. I don't think it will happen. If you really look at it today, Ralf hasn't been signed for 2005 either. So, you know, you shouldn't even be asking that question, really.

"I don't know, I don't care. But I'd be surprised if it's David Coulthard and me."

"Emotionally, it was a hard decision. I'm very close to Frank, and I have a very good relationship with him, but you can't be too emotional about the decisions you make. I think you've got to have clear in your mind what you've got to do so the decision you make is the risk you take. It's simple. You take a risk and you either go with it or you don't. You can either try or you stay behind, and I wanted to try. Sometimes it works, sometime it doesn't, so we will see. Hopefully in two years time I'll be very happy I made the decision, or I'll be, you know, not as happy. But I've made the decision and I think it's the right one."

"I'm probably the best corporate driver they've ever had here at Williams!"

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