F1 News - 1999-07-23

Montoya to stay in CART Juan Pablo Montoya has said that he is staying in CART next season, and probably 2001, despite moves to try and bring him to F1 next season. Stories go that Williams are expected to swap Zanardi and Montoya at the end of...

Montoya to stay in CART

Juan Pablo Montoya has said that he is staying in CART next season, and probably 2001, despite moves to try and bring him to F1 next season. Stories go that Williams are expected to swap Zanardi and Montoya at the end of next season. Williams has first option on the Collumbian's services, and interest has been shown by Jordan, Benetton and Ferrari.

Schumacher's insurance payout

According to press reports, Michael Schumacher will get around $100,000 a day whilst he is out of action. If he doesn't return this season, he could get around $13m. It is thought he paid around $3m a year for the cover.

Coulthard says 'I've caught the wave'

David Coulthard believes he now has a chance of the title after his win at the British Grand Prix.

'I don’t believe I have been able to give my best so far because I’ve haven’t got on the crest of the wave and carried it. Now I’ve caught the wave and just need to see if I can carry it through this weekend - then maybe I will be away.'

'If I had won Magny Cours and then Silverstone ..I knows its if, if, if.. but if it had happened it would all of a sudden been bang, bang, bang, one result after another. Everything is easier and more fun and when its fun its not so much effort. Silverstone was a big leg up in terms of points. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing. If I finish every race I finish first or second I will be challenging for the title come the end of the year. I am still a couple of wins behind Mika so I need him not finishing. And I am relying on Eddie Irvine not scoring points too so its going to be difficult but nonetheless my focus and determination is still the same. I can win the championship. I don’t come here thinking after Silverstone thinking I am now in the hunt because I didn’t go there thinking I was out of it. I am now not so far behind Mika and it should be a more open situation with Michael not competing. We are having more reliable tests, more laps in testing and that is where good race results come from'

Irvine handbagged by Todt

Eddie Irvine has had a public telling off from Jean Todt about comments he made about how Schumacher would have to play No 2 to him if he had a chance of winning - or indeed won.

'As soon as Michael is back we will see what the situation in the championship and we will decide the strategy which we think is best for the team, we will be running the strategy and it will not be down to the drivers. Eddie has done very well since the beginning of the season. Now he is second in the championship. Of course he is in the best condition we can put him for the second part of the championship so time will tell how well he can do. He has to show us what he can do. He will not have Michael to worry about for the time being so I am just hope he will be able to do the best job possible.'

Schumacher to help Salo

Michael Schumacher is to help Mika Salo with information about setups of the car. Schumacher is said to be keen for Salo to score as many points as possible to aid Ferrari's chances in the constructors championship. -- Stephen M Baines http://www.motorsport.org.uk

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams , Benetton , Jordan