Montoya eyes a return to Victory Lane

Juan Pablo Montoya has never finished on the podium in a United States Grand Prix, but unless Michael Schumacher has a failure this weekend, he's going to have to repeat his visit to Victory Lane at the Indy 500 three years ago to stay in serious title contention.

Montoya eyes a return to Victory Lane

In addition to his Drivers' Championship charge, he will have to be careful not to jeopardise Williams' four-point lead in the Constructors' table. However, now would be a fine time to score the team's first win on American soil since Keke Rosberg won in Detroit in 1985.

There is just one race left after Indianapolis battle, the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

"I have to close the 3-point gap to Michael and if possible get ahead of him," said Montoya. "We need to keep this ball rolling and make the most out of this race because Suzuka is a circuit that really suits Michael's driving style.

"I have some great memories of Indianapolis. First and foremost, my Indy 500 victory back in 2000 was very important to my career. And my CART team was based in the city. There will be many Colombians in the stands and I actually consider Indy to be a home race for me."

After taking some criticism for backing off in the final stint last time out at Monza, Montoya has made clear that he'll still be a thinking man's racing driver at Indy.

"If Rubens is leading a race, I am P2 and Michael P3 then I won't be going for it. But if Michael is P1 and I am P2 and I can go for it, then I will. It all depends on whom I am up against.

"If I'm racing against David Coulthard then it wouldn't be the same thing as if I'm racing against Kimi Raikkonen. Why? Because Coulthard doesn't care and Kimi does."

shares
comments
Ask Nigel Roebuck: September 24
Previous article

Ask Nigel Roebuck: September 24

Next article

Firman aims to win fitness fight

Firman aims to win fitness fight
The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Plus

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell Plus

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior

Formula 1
Aug 9, 2022
The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Plus

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Formula 1
Aug 8, 2022
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Plus

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Formula 1
Aug 7, 2022
Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre? Plus

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? PAT SYMONDS considers the alternatives to carbonfibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022
How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir Plus

How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir

He’s fast, he’s smart, and he’s already shown he’s not going to let Max Verstappen intimidate him. George Russell won’t say it, but LUKE SMITH says he’s ready to take the lead at Mercedes when Lewis Hamilton moves on to a quieter life. And – whisper it – Mercedes and Lewis are starting to think so too

Formula 1
Aug 5, 2022
The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move Plus

The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move

Fernando Alonso’s bombshell switch to Aston Martin sent shockwaves through Formula 1, not least at Alpine that finds itself tangled in a contract standoff with Oscar Piastri. Not shy of a bold career move and with a CV punctuated by them, there were numerous hints that trouble was brewing

Formula 1
Aug 4, 2022