Montoya satisfied with safety standards

Montoya satisfied with safety standards

The FIA's call for a change of regulations for next year is partly in relation to improving the spectacle of Formula One and partly due to safety concerns. There has been a lot of talk about how speeds are increasing every year and opinions have...

The FIA's call for a change of regulations for next year is partly in relation to improving the spectacle of Formula One and partly due to safety concerns. There has been a lot of talk about how speeds are increasing every year and opinions have been mixed on the subject of safety being compromised.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.

It's a tribute to safety that both Felipe Massa and Jarno Trulli walked away from high-speed shunts at Montreal and Silverstone respectively. Ralf Schumacher was not quite so lucky at Indianapolis but he is well on the way to recovering from fractured bones in his spine. Schumacher's Williams teammate Juan Pablo Montoya doesn't think safety is being compromised.

"I am happy about how the cars are at the moment," said Montoya, according to the team website. "Looking at Ralf's shunt at Indianapolis and Trulli's at Silverstone -- they both looked horrifying, but nothing major happened. We have to be satisfied with the safety standards."

Montoya can see the point of improving the spectacle of racing but concedes that it's hard for everyone to agree on a suitable solution. "Currently it is difficult to overtake," he said. "You can't really get close to another car as you are losing downforce and grip behind a rival. But changes are difficult as every driver has his own opinion."

Schumacher hopes to return to racing at the Italian Grand Prix in September, but will first have to have the agreement of his doctors and go through a test session at Monza. Meanwhile, Antonio Pizzonia will again stand in for Ralf at the Belgian GP next weekend.

"I spent the week after the Hungarian Grand Prix at home in Monaco, training hard in preparation for this race," said Pizzonia, who scored two points with a seventh place finish in Hungary. "Spa is a very special place, so I can't wait to drive a Formula One car around it."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams