Montoya gets first podium

1994 Barber Pro Series racer Juan Montoya secured the first podium finish of his Formula 1 career with a dramatic second place in Spain. The Colombian finished as runner-up to World Champion Michael Schumacher. The second place result is also a...

1994 Barber Pro Series racer Juan Montoya secured the first podium finish of his Formula 1 career with a dramatic second place in Spain. The Colombian finished as runner-up to World Champion Michael Schumacher. The second place result is also a coup for Skip Barber tier-one partner Michelin, the winning tire manufacturer last time out in Italy.

Montoya raced in typically sensational style, leaping from 12th to sixth on the first lap and finishing on the podium in only his fifth Grand Prix with Williams-BMW.

The former Champ Car ace was holding Jacques Villeneuve off for third place when Mika Hakkinen's last lap retirement gifted him another step up the podium. But he was never in the same race as the Ferrari and finished 41 seconds down on Schumacher.

"It's a great result because I really wasn't expecting to be on the podium today because the car was difficult to drive," he said. "The first few races were very hard but it's been worth waiting for.

Montoya built his result on his storming start: "One way or the other I had to move up at the start because I was so low on the grid, so I was quite aggressive and it paid off. I got Jarno (Trulli) in the first pit stop and I just had to keep pushing 100 percent."

Montoya leaps to seventh in the drivers' championship on six points, six behind team mate Schumacher, who has 12.

- Andrew Torres

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Mika Hakkinen , Jacques Villeneuve , Skip Barber
Teams Ferrari , Williams