Q&A Juan Pablo Montoya

It had to happen eventually, and after some 33 races as team-mates Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya got tangled up in a controversial all-Williams clash at Indy. Ralf lost his wing, a lap, and any chance of getting points, while Montoya lost an eventual third. He did at least recover to fourth, despite a misunderstanding over the radio that saw him pit early and thus make a hash of his late stopping strategy. Adam Cooper caught up with the Colombian after the race

Q&A Juan Pablo Montoya



"We were on the dirty side of the track, and that didn't really help. Ralf went by and then we were going onto the straight for lap one, he made a mistake and went wide, on the last right hander before the straight. So I got behind him, I drafted him, and went around the outside to pass him. I braked really late, and I was turning in I think he spun, and we took each other off."



"I not going to say it was completely Ralf's fault. We were racing and everything. I haven't seen the incident on TV, but I know I gave him plenty of room, because I was right on the edge of the track. I braked so late, I nearly didn't even make the corner. I just made the corner, and something hit me in the back. When I looked in the mirror I saw Ralf."



"I think I gave him enough room. I'm never going to give him all the track. But when we got to the braking I was clearly ahead of him."



"I made a big mistake on the pit stop. I pitted 10 laps too early. I thought they called me in there, so I said '10-4' to see if they were going to say anything, and nobody said anything. I was coming to the last straight before the pits and I thought, if I don't pit, and this is the pit stop, I'm going to run out fuel. So I thought, let's go in. It was a bit too early..."



"I think I haven't done anything wrong! I think I made a good race, I think we need to review a bit the way the team call me into the pits, because it cost as a third place today. But apart from that, I think I did a pretty strong race. I was driving the wheels off the car, and it was fun. I thought I was going to get David at the end, but I lost probably a second or two in traffic."



"It caused a little bit of oversteer initially. He touched me, but I think I was very lucky than nothing broke."

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