Montoya wants consistent stewarding

Montoya wants consistent stewarding

Juan Pablo Montoya is still unhappy about the penalty he received at the US Grand Prix and believes stewarding at races needs to be more consistent. The Williams driver was given a drive-through penalty at Indianapolis after stewards decided he ...

Juan Pablo Montoya is still unhappy about the penalty he received at the US Grand Prix and believes stewarding at races needs to be more consistent. The Williams driver was given a drive-through penalty at Indianapolis after stewards decided he caused an 'avoidable accident', which resulted in the Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello being out of the race.

The Juan Pablo Montoya and Rubens Barrichello accident.
Photo by Shell Motorsport.
"I went home and looked at the video and I still think that the penalty was unfair," said Montoya. "I think it was a racing incident. We touched, but there were no hard feelings on it. I think the only reason he (Barrichello) spun was because the track was damp."

"I think the biggest problem we have got is that you've got a different steward at every race. And I think it's sad to see that. It's sad to see that in such a big series, and Formula One is the biggest thing in motorsport, you are still messing around with different stewards in every race."

"All you need is more consistency. The rules are there and you have got to know what is right and what is wrong. You have got to have someone who goes to every race and they know what is right or wrong."

The Colombian believes his offense was a lesser one than when Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso tangled at Silverstone, and Alonso went off track. Schumacher went unpunished but Montoya believes the German did it deliberately.

"He did it knowing he (Alonso) was going to pass and he did it knowing that the only way to stop him was pushing the other guy off," was Montoya's opinion. "And I think that deserves a lot more of a penalty than what happened with Rubens."

"But if you don't have the same stewards at every race, you are always going to get that. You need to have the same guys making decisions at every race, not guys that come to two races a year."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams