Montoya Still Unsure about Return

Juan Pablo Montoya said on Friday that he is hopeful but not certain that he will be fit enough to race at the Spanish Grand Prix, after making his first public appearance since injuring his shoulder earlier this month

Montoya Still Unsure about Return

The Colombian, who was on promotional duties with McLaren sponsor West in Russia, said that there was no guarantees yet that he would be back in the cockpit for Barcelona - and claimed a final decision would be made at the team's Woking factory next week.

"I think I still have to wait a little bit to make the decision," he said. "At the moment things are looking pretty good to be in Barcelona, but I'm going to spend a couple of days in the factory, doing some work there, to see if I can accommodate in the car comfortably to drive in the race.

"At the moment the plan is to be in the car in Barcelona, that's the idea. You know, the idea was to be there last race but I hadn't healed enough.

"With the fracture, of course there are some muscles that lose form and stuff and we're doing a lot of work everyday to be fit enough to drive the car in Barcelona. I think by the time of Barcelona I should be okay. If not, probably Alex [Wurz] will drive the car. I don't know, that's the team's decision."

Montoya had not been seen in public since injuring his shoulder in an reported tennis incident over the Easter weekend.

With wild rumours suggesting that team boss Ron Dennis was not impressed by Montoya's absence, especially amid suggestions that his injury was caused by a motorcycle accident, Montoya himself has made it clear that there is no conflict with the team.

"As far as I know I actually talked to Ron Dennis two days ago and he said, 'hopefully you're ready for the next race because we need you in the car'. That's my answer."

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