Montoya wants a word with Ralf

Montoya wants a word with Ralf

Juan Pablo Montoya thinks the on track the incidents between himself and Williams team mate Ralf Schumacher have gone far enough and they need to sit down and sort things out. The latest trouble for the pair was at the US Grand Prix where they...

Juan Pablo Montoya thinks the on track the incidents between himself and Williams team mate Ralf Schumacher have gone far enough and they need to sit down and sort things out. The latest trouble for the pair was at the US Grand Prix where they came to grief on the second lap of the Indianapolis circuit. Racing for position, Schumacher hit Montoya which relegated the German to the back and Montoya forfeited a possible podium finish.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"I was ahead of him (Schumacher) when we got into the braking zone," Montoya told Autosport. "But I still braked really late to slow the car down. I left quite a bit of room on the inside and actually thought 'Oh, I'm going to have to go straight on here' because I started turning the wheel and I was off the racing line and right on to the dirt."

"I managed to keep the car on the track and then suddenly I felt something hit me in the back. I looked in the mirror and all I could see was Ralf's car pointing backwards."

Unhappy about the incident, Montoya thinks it's time for he and Ralf to have a bit of a chat: "It's certainly not very good for team-mates to crash into each other and I have been unhappy before because of incidents where Ralf and I have touched -- especially at the Nurburgring this season."

"But let's not forget we are racing, of course, and the team always says that it wants good racing. However, I think the time has come now for us to sit down and try to sort out some middle ground between what is racing and what is not racing. I am not going to make a big deal of this incident, and I don't have anything against Ralf, but we need to sort this out."

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams