Montoya unhappy with stewards' decision

Juan Pablo Montoya feels he was hard done by the stewards when he was black-flagged and forced to retire from Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix. The McLaren driver exited the pits through a red light during the safety car period and was subsequently ...

Juan Pablo Montoya feels he was hard done by the stewards when he was black-flagged and forced to retire from Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix. The McLaren driver exited the pits through a red light during the safety car period and was subsequently disqualified for doing just that.

"Over the years, every time something happens, I get a big penalty," the Colombian told USA television. "It's a little bit unfair, but it's their decision and you have to respect it. You have to deal with it. Whether you like it or not, that's what it is."

It was the second time in a row Montoya was disqualified from the Canadian race. Last year he was also back-flagged for spending too long on the grid when his car wouldn't start up.

Further bad luck for Montoya followed in the race when the safety car came out after Toyota's Jarno Trulli departed due to brake failure. The Italian successfully controlled what could have been a very nasty incident. Montoya was leading the race at the time but the subsequent pit stops went wrong.

"When I resumed with the pace car I was a bit surprised because I saw there was a red and a flashing blue beside it so I kind of slowed down," said Montoya.

"I went to ask the team it's kind of strange if they're going to stop me that I have to stop in the pit lane, so I just continued and they said 'you're probably going to get a drive-through penalty'. For some reason the FIA decided to disqualify me, they've been pretty tough on me."

Whichever way you look at it, exiting the pits through a red light is a no-no and yet again Montoya was a victim of his own impulsiveness. Red means stop, Juan Pablo, full stop.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams McLaren