McLaren to get best out of Montoya

McLaren to get best out of Montoya

McLaren boss Ron Dennis believes his team can get the best out of Juan Pablo Montoya and thinks the Colombian and future teammate Kimi Raikkonen will live up to expectations. Montoya ended his four years at Williams with the team's only victory of...

McLaren boss Ron Dennis believes his team can get the best out of Juan Pablo Montoya and thinks the Colombian and future teammate Kimi Raikkonen will live up to expectations. Montoya ended his four years at Williams with the team's only victory of the season in Brazil, after a race long battle with Raikkonen.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
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"Juan Pablo's career is still on the up and we believe he will be an even better racing driver in our team than he has been so far," Dennis told reporters at Interlagos.

Some doubt that the fiery Montoya will fit with McLaren's somewhat conservative image but Dennis dismissed the idea. "We had the very first conversation as regards next year and I think it's very apparent to us that Juan Pablo is very receptive to our thinking and to our advice," he said.

"We do not tell drivers what to do, we help drivers have a better understanding of why change or asking them to change is in their interests."

"They can measure subsequent to adopting our suggestions whether it has made them a better racing driver or not. I am firmly convinced, as is Norbert (Haug) that it will be a different environment in which he will find himself and we will get the best out of him which I think is yet to come."

The pairing of Montoya and Raikkonen appears to be a very contrasting one, with Juan Pablo's outspoken, energetic attitude and Kimi's cool reserve. No doubt the duo will be well matched on track and Dennis is looking forward to it.

"I'm just delighted that we've got two great drivers next year," he said. "There are obviously high expectations but I don't think that's a problem. We can live with that."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams McLaren , Williams