Montoya Motivated Italian GP

1994 Barber Pro Series race winner Juan Montoya aims to lead from the front at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix following his pole position in Belgium 10 days ago. Montoya and his Williams-BMW teammate secured the front row of the grid at Spa,...

1994 Barber Pro Series race winner Juan Montoya aims to lead from the front at this weekend's Italian Grand Prix following his pole position in Belgium 10 days ago. Montoya and his Williams-BMW teammate secured the front row of the grid at Spa, but neither driver managed to land any points for the Grove-based team.

Montoya was later forced to start from the back of the second grid after his engine died, then later expired as he fought his way back up the field. However, the Skip Barber alumnus believes that Monza will suit the team's powerful BMW engine and Michelin tires. Following successful tests at the Italian circuit last month, the Colombian is optimistic of a good performance.

"Monza is a track very like Hockenheim and we did well there," said Montoya. "We should be really quick, but we will have to see what happens. The most important thing, as we have seen in qualifying in Spa, is to get the car right. If we get it right we should be very quick."

In other Williams developments, Formula Dodge stand-out and F3000 Champion Antonio Pizzonia is due to test for the Formula 1 outfit in the next few weeks. Despite Williams' re-signing of Marc Gene, its current test driver, Pizzonia may yet sign on to an official Williams testing deal. If the winter testing ban is enforced as planned, Williams may need more than one test driver to carry out the intense amount of running that will be needed at the start of the new year.

-barber

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Marc Gene , Skip Barber
Teams Williams