Montoya unhappy about backmarkers

Montoya unhappy about backmarkers

Juan Pablo Montoya was not impressed with the backmarkers in yesterday's Italian Grand Prix and believes Sauber's Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jordan's Zsolt Baumgartner in particular held him up. In the middle stint of the race, Montoya was closing...

Juan Pablo Montoya was not impressed with the backmarkers in yesterday's Italian Grand Prix and believes Sauber's Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jordan's Zsolt Baumgartner in particular held him up. In the middle stint of the race, Montoya was closing on leader Michael Schumacher until he had the gap down to under a second. But after the second round of pit stops, the Colombian saw the gap widen to over seven seconds as he was caught in traffic.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"In the second stint we made up a lot of ground, and in the last one we were pretty close and then got traffic," said Montoya. "I am going down the straight and the only thing I see is like ten or twelve blue flags down the straight, it's like a parade, and they don't move."

He added that Frentzen held him up for "about a year" and Baumgartner lost him more time before abruptly deciding to let the Williams past: "The Jordan guy suddenly just stands on the brakes in the middle of the corner to let me by," said Montoya. "I nearly ran into the back of him and everything. It's just crazy."

After the delays, the Colombian decided the best option was to just make sure he got the car home: "Twice I lost a lot of time and then behind the second Jordan driver I just lost so much time that I said just pace myself and get to the end."

Technical director Patrick Head thinks the backmarkers should show more respect for those fighting for the title and make an effort to get out of the way quicker. "I think it was initiated by Frentzen holding him up for a second," Head commented about Montoya fading at the end of the race. "When you get to this stage in the championship the others should really respect those involved in the fight."

Frank Williams had no complaints about Montoya's performance: "Juan didn't put a foot wrong," said the team boss. "He challenged when he could, he got his head down when he had to and then he took the decision to get the car to the line in the final stint."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Sauber , Williams , Jordan