Schumacher not feuding with Montoya

Schumacher not feuding with Montoya

They may have clashed on track a few times but Michael Schumacher admits he has grown to like Juan Pablo Montoya now that he knows him better. The world champion and feisty Colombian have provided some sparks with their racing antics and verbal ...

They may have clashed on track a few times but Michael Schumacher admits he has grown to like Juan Pablo Montoya now that he knows him better. The world champion and feisty Colombian have provided some sparks with their racing antics and verbal exchanges but Schumacher thinks Montoya has changed.

"When you see him these days he's very different to what he used to be," the German told Motorsport News. "I can see the person behind the shield, and I've grown to like him. The main reason is that we know each other a bit deeper now."

Michael Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by BMW PressClub.
When Montoya arrived in Formula One last season, he bought with him a vast amount of attention which Schumacher summed up neatly, saying: "He arrived in F1 before he actually arrived." Schumacher was guarded about Montoya's optimism, thinking the success he had racing in America did not automatically mean he would have the same in F1.

"People were talking about him for ages, but I didn't know him. He was very optimistic about his chances and I didn't agree with this philosophy. I knew he had done well in America, but that doesn't give any guarantees that you will do well here."

Some believe that Montoya will be Schumacher's replacement at Ferrari should the champion decide to retire when his contract expires at the end of 2004. Montoya recently renewed his contract with Williams for a further two years but rumour has it that the team wanted him for another three years -- Montoya allegedly opted for two years so he wouldn't be tied up if Schumacher does decide to call it quits.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams