Montoya reflects on his first season testing views

What a difference a year makes for a rookie driver -- Juan Pablo Montoya has changed his views on testing procedures and what not to do as a driver. The BMW Williams driver likes speed and always wants to be the fastest whether in practice, ...

What a difference a year makes for a rookie driver -- Juan Pablo Montoya has changed his views on testing procedures and what not to do as a driver.

The BMW Williams driver likes speed and always wants to be the fastest whether in practice, qualifying, racing or even testing. The Columbian has come to the realization that may not be the best approach when testing.

"Knowing what I know now, next year before I go to Melbourne there are so many things I want to try out," said Montoya at the BMW Motorsport party in Going, Austria.

"I know when you are testing that you want to be quicker than anybody else, but I am going to have to focus my mind, forget the times and realize that it is just testing. I am going to try out a lot of things and want to understand the entire range of set-ups on the car. If I do this, I will be able to understand exactly what to do with the car. It will solve a lot of the problems I had this year because I didn't know things like that."

During pre-season, teams try many different approaches and set-ups. From running underweight to running in race trim. Finding out how the new cars will perform under various scenarios.

Montoya feels that spending more of his allowed time on the track to experiment with different set-ups should help him achieve his primary goal -- being the 2002 World Champion.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams