Montoya expects exciting finale

With only three more races to go until the new F1 world champion will have been found in Suzuka Juan Pablo Montoya dares to give the prospects for the coming races. Monza, Indianapolis and Suzuka -- these are the three final stations the...

With only three more races to go until the new F1 world champion will have been found in Suzuka Juan Pablo Montoya dares to give the prospects for the coming races.

Monza, Indianapolis and Suzuka -- these are the three final stations the F1 family will travel to this year. And these are the locations were it will be decided if Michael Schumacher won't win the title for the first time since 1999. The man with the best chances to replace the Ferrari driver as world champion is BMW WilliamsF1 Team driver Juan Pablo Montoya who is just one point short of the reigning champion and current leader.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
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And Juan Pablo reckons to have a good chance at the last three races of the season. The first of which will be the Italian GP in Monza, where the Colombian expects to be able to deliver another strong performance: "I think the last two years we have been really strong in Monza" he says. "It can be a good circuit for us but it can be good for Ferrari as well." Last year the BMW WilliamsF1 Team succeeded in setting a new world record at the Italian circuit when Juan Pablo lapped the track in qualifying with an average speed of 259.828 kph.

After Monza the BMW WilliamsF1 Team will be travelling to the USA for the last but one race of the season, the US GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Here Juan Pablo sees an advantage for his team: "I think Indy is a track where we can really beat them", he says. The traditional American track is well known as a very extremely demanding F1 circuit. On the one hand the WilliamsF1 BMW FW25 has to stand the longest flat out straight in the F1 calendar, on the other hand there is the infield section with a challenging combination of corners waiting for the drivers. But the victories at tracks as different as Monaco and Hockenheim proved that the FW25 is competitive on both kinds of track layout.

For the final round of the season the BMW WilliamsF1 Team will have to fly to Suzuka for the Japanese GP. A race Michael Schumacher has won in the past three years. Montoya admits: "They have been very strong in Japan the last few years." Nevertheless, the Colombian expects to be competitive in Japan too: "But on tracks like that we have been quick so in Japan it is going to be a close race", he continues.

Altogether Juan Pablo is of the opinion that the 2003 championship won't be decided until the final round in Suzuka. When asked if it wouldn't be a special satisfaction should he be able to take Michael's championship lead in Italy, Juan Pablo answers: "I don't care where I pass him. He has to win the championship; we have to work for it. I am only one point away and if I can finish ahead of him in the next race then we are going to be leading the championship. I think it is going to be quite an exciting end to the season."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams