By Susie P Sheridan (2001-03-02) Having chased Juan Pablo Montoya and his entourage around the NEC building, at this year's Autosport Show, I finally persuaded his manager to give me a couple of minutes of Montoya's time. With his manager ...
By Susie P Sheridan (2001-03-02)
Having chased Juan Pablo Montoya and his entourage around the NEC building, at this year's Autosport Show, I finally persuaded his manager to give me a couple of minutes of Montoya's time. With his manager urging me to round up the interview after only three questions, I tried ignoring him and threw whatever questions I could, in the hope that Montoya would be responsive. I was warned, that Montoya would only speak to me in English if he felt like doing so. It was my lucky day!
SPS: "As the new boy at Williams, how are you settling in at BMW Williams?"
JPM: "Really good actually, I think they're great people in the team, and it's a great experience. I think everybody is looking forward to start running again and I think in a couple of years the car will be a top running car, so it's looking really good. I've been in the factory for a couple of day's and we have actually done a lot of development in the car."
SPS: "So, have you used traction control yet?"
JPM: "We've tried it sometimes to see how the cars gonna react, but you know still we have to wait till Barcelona to see how it's really gonna work."
Juan Pablo Montoya Photo: SPS, Motorsport.com.
JPM: "No, I wouldn't go against it, really, because at the same time, at the end of the day, when you use traction control you got the development in a way, that's no better than anyone else's, so you still gotta work."
SPS: "You're practice times have equalled, if not bettered Ralf's times. Are you going to show him how to drive the F1 car?"
JPM: "I don't think anyone has to show Ralf how to drive, I think he's a really good driver, from my perspective I just need to work, to improve myself everyday."
Juan Pablo Montoya. Photo: SPS, Motorsport.com
SPS: "Your friend Alex Zanardi, has been giving you a little bit of advice on how to survive in formula one. What advice were you given?"
JPM: "Not much really, I haven't talked to him for a long time, since the last race. Mainly he just wished me good luck, because he was in a little bit of a struggle when he came."
The understatement of the year!
SPS: "So which track are you looking forward to race at, the most?"
JPM: "I think Silverstone is a lot of fun, I really like the Silverstone. I seemed to go well around here and Spa, at the big circuits."
SPS: "Good luck for this year and thank you very much for your time Juan Pablo."
JPM: "Thank You."