Montoya unrepentant over Schumacher clash

Williams-BMW driver Juan Pablo Montoya was unrepentant after again clashing with Michael Schumacher.

Montoya unrepentant over Schumacher clash

The world champion complained about his racing style, but the Colombian shrugged off his comments saying their coming together was "a racing accident".

The duo almost got too close for comfort in Brazil a month ago when Montoya muscled past to take the lead. This time Montoya saw his dreams of a second successive podium finish go up in smoke when he retired with hydraulic problems. But before that there was another controversial episode as he refused to give an inch to Schumacher and the duo collided on lap 16.

"I defended as best as I could, but we both went wide. It was a racing incident, " he said. "I am racing to win not to let people by. It's not a case of him saying, 'I'm Michael, let me by'."

Schumacher waved his fist in frustration at the BMW-Williams driver as Rubens Barrichello sliced through into the lead.

Montoya returned to the track behind Schumacher in seventh place and had worked his way up to fifth on lap 41 when the hydraulics failed.

"It is a shame because I knew we were fast today," he said. "I made a great start and I felt the car was getting better and better. We lost hydraulic pressure which led to losing the gears and everything really. I'd gone off two corners before and I thought that might cause problems."

McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz has defended Montoya's controversial move on Schumacher. While Schumacher says Montoya's move was "silly", the Colombian put it down as a racing incident. But the former Benetton racer, who was working for ITV television, said: " For Michael to say Montoya would not have made it is a bit strange because he would not have made the corner either."

shares
comments
Unhappy Rubens to talk team orders with Ferrari

Previous article

Unhappy Rubens to talk team orders with Ferrari

Next article

BAR lodges appeal after Kimi protest rejected

BAR lodges appeal after Kimi protest rejected
Load comments
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021
Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems Plus

Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021
The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower Plus

The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower

On 8 October 1961, Innes Ireland claimed victory at the United States Grand Prix to herald the true arrival of a new Formula 1 giant. While Team Lotus endured plenty of highs and lows until the team folded over three decades later, Colin Chapman's squad made F1 history and helped shape the championship

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021