Montoya angry with Indy penalty

Juan Pablo Montoya is still angry that his clash with Rubens Barrichello at Indianapolis, for which he received a Drive Through penalty, has put him out of the championship battle in Suzuka

Montoya angry with Indy penalty

The incident occurred early in the race, when the Williams star tried to squeeze inside Barrichello at turn two. The pair made contact, with the Brazilian pitched into the gravel trap.

"I went home and looked at the video and I still think that it was a very unfair penalty," Montoya said in Japan. "I still say it was a racing incident and it's sad to see that in something as big as Formula 1, you are still working with different stewards at every race."

Montoya called for greater consistency, asking how Michael Schumacher could go unpenalised for forcing Fernando Alonso onto the grass at Silverstone, while he was penalised for attempting a genuine move in the USA.

Barrichello did not want to get drawn into any polemics but was himself frustrated that he was not given a push from the marshals to help him escape the gravel trap at Indy, while team-mate Schumacher was given a push after his coming-together with Montoya at Nurburgring.

"The rules say that if you're in a dangerous place they (the marshals) need to help," said Barrichello. "I was at the exit of Turn 2, with the track getting wetter and cars on dry tyres... I got out of the car and said, 'Why didn't you push me?' He replied: 'because your car was stuck.'"

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