Montoya will do as he's told

Montoya will do as he's told

Since Juan Pablo Montoya won the German Grand Prix, there has been a flurry of speculation about whether Williams will ask Ralf Schumacher to assist his teammate in the final races of the season. It's a little premature, as Schumacher Junior is...

Since Juan Pablo Montoya won the German Grand Prix, there has been a flurry of speculation about whether Williams will ask Ralf Schumacher to assist his teammate in the final races of the season. It's a little premature, as Schumacher Junior is also in with a chance of the title, and the team so far insists both drivers are free to race. Should Ralf be the one ahead in the future, Montoya said he would do as he was told if Williams asked him to help his teammate.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"If one is part of a team, you cannot be selfish," said the Colombian. "It is in our contract, and it is signed for a reason. Not to obey the contract could destroy the career of a driver."

"If I had to help him (Schumacher), I'd have to. It is the result of a whole season of hard work and we must respect that. Personally I hope the orders aren't given. For now, we are equal. While Ralf has a mathematical chance, there are not going to be any team orders."

Not so long ago Montoya was quoted as saying he wouldn't help Ralf as the German had been asked to move over for him in the past and had not complied. However, now the title fight is growing ever closer to a conclusion, the situation is too important for petty bickering.

Montoya is six points behind championship leader Michael Schumacher and there are four more races to go. He knows the chance is there but he's cautious about predicting the outcome.

"The probability is good, but it won't be easy," he said of his title aspirations. "I can't say that I am champion until I win it. If I win, yes it would be cool. And if not I can say I tried. Five races ago no one believed in me, now I'm everyone's favourite. Yes I'm going to try to win, but there's still a long way to go."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams