Montoya plays down Kimi rivalry

Juan Pablo Montoya has played down growing suggestions that his relationship with future team-mate Kimi Raikkonen could be turbulent - and insisted that he is actually looking forward to working with the Finn

Montoya plays down Kimi rivalry

Although McLaren boss Ron Dennis hinted at the season-closing Brazilian Grand Prix that he expected the occasional flashpoint of trouble between the pair, Montoya believes that the pair could actually thrive as a partnership.

"Yeah, I get on quite well with him," said Montoya, speaking for the first time this week about his new surroundings at McLaren. "He's one of the few drivers in Formula 1 that you can get on with."

Montoya and Raikkonen have yet to drive at the same test for McLaren - a factor that has led to further suggestions of friction between the two men. But Montoya believes that the fact the pair will not drive together until January can only be a bonus to him.

"I can compare myself by looking at the notes and seeing how he felt at tests," explained Montoya. "I think it's good this way, because I can really just focus on understanding the car and I'm not really bothered about lap times.

"I think if Kimi would get in the car now he would probably go faster than me and I wouldn't be surprised, because he's been driving this car all year long. It would be the same if it was the other way around.

"But for me I'm not here to be bothered with the lap times, I'm here to work on understanding how to set-up the car."

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