Ferrari 'only did well with Schumacher' - Montoya

2,471 views

Montoya says he doesn't watch much F1 anymore.

Mar.24 (GMM) The missing link at Ferrari is Michael Schumacher.

That is the claim of Juan Pablo Montoya, a rival of the great seven time world champion who currently lies seriously injured in a French hospital after a skiing fall.

Schumacher and Colombian Montoya, who raced in NASCAR after leaving F1 and is now returning to the Indycar series, were often fierce competitors.

"We spoke once in the six years that we raced against each other," Montoya, 38, is quoted by the German news agency DPA.

"He was a competitor, not a friend. Formula One is very closed -- as a McLaren driver I couldn't just go and sit in the Ferrari motor home."

However, he obviously rated the German very highly, claiming that "The only time Ferrari did well was when Michael was there".

Similarly, he said that if Schumacher's return to F1 with Mercedes was not successful, it was the fault of the Brackley based team.

"He didn't just forget how to drive. It's how it has always been in Formula One," Montoya insisted.

Beyond that, he said it is difficult to comment on the current state of the sport, as "For seven years I have not watched Formula One".

"Maybe one or two races a year."

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series F1
Article type Breaking news
Tags ferrari, juan pablo montoya, michael schumacher, rubens barrichello, scuderia

User photos

Motorheart
F1

Motorheart

1 photos
momomoy52
F1

momomoy52

18 photos
sleboz
F1

sleboz

4 photos
EuroRacer
F1

EuroRacer

45 photos
Josefine Lißner
F1

Josefine Lißner

1 photos
hanmerdesign
F1

hanmerdesign

9 photos
Evan_DeCiren
F1

Evan_DeCiren

30 photos
colfox72
F1

colfox72

1 photos
Upload photo