Montoya expects improvement in Hungary

Montoya expects improvement in Hungary

Juan Pablo Montoya was somewhat disappointed not to have been on the podium at the German Grand Prix but is confident that Williams is making steps forward. The Colombian qualified second on the grid at Hockenheim and finished fifth after a poor...

Juan Pablo Montoya was somewhat disappointed not to have been on the podium at the German Grand Prix but is confident that Williams is making steps forward. The Colombian qualified second on the grid at Hockenheim and finished fifth after a poor start, which he attributed to the clutch not biting and wheel spin.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
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"If you start a race from the front row of the grid you expect to finish on the podium," Montoya remarked. "Even so, it was evident that we have been making progress."

There are further changes in store for the FW26 at the next race, the Hungarian GP on August 15th, which Montoya hopes will counteract tyre troubles.

"We are becoming more competitive, but we still have a problem with tyre wear," he said. "The improvements that we'll have in place for Hungary will help us a lot. With more downforce, we'll be in a better position to fight for the lead."

Hungary could see the return of Montoya's teammate Ralf Schumacher, if his doctors agree he is fit enough to race. The German was advised to take eight to twelve weeks recovery time in regard to his back injury but is impatient to be behind the wheel again.

Although testing is banned during the summer break, teams are permitted to do 20 shakedown laps and Schumacher is expected to carry out a test prior to Hungary to see how he feels.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams