Gene hoping for Montoya seat

Gene hoping for Montoya seat

Williams test driver Marc Gené has added himself to the list of names that might fill Juan Pablo Montoya's seat for 2005 when the Colombian heads off to McLaren. Gené has been official tester for Williams for three years and did a fine job when...

Williams test driver Marc Gen? has added himself to the list of names that might fill Juan Pablo Montoya's seat for 2005 when the Colombian heads off to McLaren. Gen? has been official tester for Williams for three years and did a fine job when he stood in for Ralf Schumacher at the Italian Grand Prix in 2003.

Test driver Marc Gene with the new WilliamsF1 BMW FW26.
Photo by Sutton Motorsport Images.
A few names have been put forward to replace Montoya but many seem to have ignored Gen? in favour of suggesting the likes of Jenson Button and Mark Webber. "My goal is to replace Montoya in 2005," stated Gen? at the launch of the FW26 in Valencia today. "I am aware that the competition will be tough, but I think my performance at Monza last year will help my case."

Team boss Frank Williams admitted that McLaren had tried to get Montoya released from his contract in time for 2004 but Williams was having none of it. "Ron (Dennis, McLaren boss) asked if I would be interested in letting Juan go for a fee," said Williams. "There was never a chance we would let him go early. Money is not the issue, winning is."

Montoya, meanwhile, is adamant that his impending departure from Williams will not make any difference to his or the team's 2004 championship challenges.

"Both the BMW WilliamsF1 Team and I share one mutual interest in 2004, and that is to win races," he said. "I have explained to the team that they have my 100% commitment for the season ahead, and naturally nothing would be better than winning a title. In response, the team has confirmed that they will give me their full support."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams McLaren , Williams