Juan Pablo Montoya has branded Michael Schumacher as an unfair driver to race against. At the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix Montoya stayed ahead of Schumacher at the first corner but then went wide, which allowed the German to take the lead....
Juan Pablo Montoya has branded Michael Schumacher as an unfair driver to race against. At the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix Montoya stayed ahead of Schumacher at the first corner but then went wide, which allowed the German to take the lead. The Williams driver fought to find a way past but touched the rear of the Ferrari, losing his front wing and forcing him to return to the pits for a new nose cone. The Colombian thinks Schumacher was the one at fault.
"I thought he was a fair guy to race but he is not," remarked Montoya. "My engine broke down at the start, he was beside me and I gave him room around the first two corners. But then he moved into the middle of the track. I went to the inside, was behind him but, when I made my move, he shut the door as soon he could in front of me. I had enough speed to pass him there, it's very disappointing. I had the speed to win that race."
Montoya believes Schumacher should have been penalized for his actions according to the new ten place forfeit rule which came into force at the Brazilian race. No action has been taken against the current champion and Schumacher himself claims not have felt any contact: "I don't know what happened," he said. "I went for the inside line to leave him the outside and I didn't feel anything but just saw him lose his front wing and then drop back."
Montoya, who eventually finished fifth, said in future he will give Schumacher the same treatment as he believes the German gave him: "We now know what the rules are, I gave him room at the first two corners then he cuts across me. Next time I will just do the same as him."