Montoya unhappy with Ralf about Europe

Montoya unhappy with Ralf about Europe

Juan Pablo Montoya is not happy with Williams team mate Ralf Schumacher after a clash at the start of the European Grand Prix. Starting from pole position, Montoya said Schumacher hit him at the first corner which resulted in his steering arm...

Juan Pablo Montoya is not happy with Williams team mate Ralf Schumacher after a clash at the start of the European Grand Prix. Starting from pole position, Montoya said Schumacher hit him at the first corner which resulted in his steering arm being damaged and made the car difficult to drive.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by BMW PressClub.
"If I had not moved off the line, it's possible both of our races would have ended there," Montoya said in Autosport magazine. "I went and had a word with the team after the race because if you are racing with your team mate, you have got to think a little bit about the other guy."

"I could have gone out wide, pushed him (Schumacher) into the gravel and spun him out. We need to be a bit more careful in that respect. You could argue that he did a better job than me because he got ahead but he did hit me. The impact was small but it bent my steering arm. From then on I went backwards. The car felt horrible."

Later in the race Montoya had an incident with McLaren's David Coulthard at the same corner and both of them retired. Montoya said his tyres were wearing badly and he spun, clipping the McLaren when Coulthard tried to overtake down the outside, sending them out of the race. He apologized to a distinctly peeved Coulthard afterwards.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams McLaren , Williams