Montoya will always have a go

Montoya will always have a go

Juan Pablo Montoya may have been branded mad by Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn after the Colombian's clash with Michael Schumacher in the European Grand Prix, but the Williams driver is not about to stop attacking on track. Montoya said he...

Juan Pablo Montoya may have been branded mad by Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn after the Colombian's clash with Michael Schumacher in the European Grand Prix, but the Williams driver is not about to stop attacking on track. Montoya said he will always have a go if there's a chance; that's what he's there to do.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by Nikki Reynolds.
"I've been a racer all my life and you have to stamp your authority on the track and show there is no inch given," he told the British press. "It's in my instinct to have a go and that's why we should all be in this sport. We aren't here to sit behind someone throughout a race."

"Some drivers are scared they may have an accident if they try to overtake and are happy just to bring some points home. That's not my style. A win is worth a lot more than some points and that kind of thinking has helped me reach Formula 1."

On the subject of Schumacher, Montoya thinks the German has more to lose because of his position in the championship, and is likely to move in the face of a challenge. "What I can guarantee is that if you are close enough and you have a shot under braking, the chances are that Michael will move over," the Colombian said.

"If he doesn't then you are both out of the race but he is more screwed than you because he is leading the championship and needs the points."

As for Canada, where Williams teammate Ralf Schumacher was criticized for not having a try at Michael, Montoya thinks you either have a go or you don't, it's your choice -- but perhaps Ralf simply didn't have the chance.

"I always look for the unexpected. I try and see where I am quicker than the guy in front and where I can take advantage," he said. "When that situation arises you stay where you are or go for it. I prefer the latter. Maybe Ralf didn't have a clear chance in Canada or perhaps he wasn't close enough to overtake."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams