Indianapolis Motor Speedway Juan Pablo Montoya Teleconference Transcript Aug. 17, 2001 Part II Coordinator: Dick Mittman, you may ask your question, and please state your affiliation. D. Mittman: Hello, Juan. Dick Mittman with the USGP.com.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Juan Pablo Montoya Teleconference Transcript
Aug. 17, 2001
Coordinator: Dick Mittman, you may ask your question, and please state your affiliation.
D. Mittman: Hello, Juan. Dick Mittman with the USGP.com. How tough is Michael Schumacher? How have you found him? How does he compare with the drivers in America that you've raced against?
J. Montoya: Well, I think Michael is a very good driver, and I think one thing he has is a lot of experience. But at the same time he has a lot of experience, he just never stops pushing, and I think that's what makes him be so competitive. I think he has a great car as well. You know, I think he is a really good driver, and that makes quite a lot of difference.
As compared with American drivers, I think there are good drivers in America, and I was competitive in America. I won the championship there, and I've been competitive here, so I think most series are quite competitive. I think Formula One has a lot more technology.
D. Mittman: More technology with Formula One?
J. Montoya: Yes.
D. Mittman: OK, thanks. I'll be looking forward to seeing you when you get here.
Coordinator: Thank you. Eric Powell, you may ask your question, and please state your affiliation.
E. Powell: Hello. Eric Powell, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Juan, from the outside, it seems like this track would really suit you guys.
BMW has the horsepower to go faster on the long straightaway here at the speedway, plus this is a track that's really good in terms of driver control, something that is very important. I mean, do you agree with those thoughts? And what are your thoughts going into this race?
J. Montoya: Well, you know, I haven't driven the track, so it is very difficult to say exactly what I think of it. I think from what I've seen so far, it looks like a really good track. I think what you've said is true, and I think that that track is going to suit us quite well, and hopefully, if it doesn't come early, it would be nice if a win could come there.
E. Powell: Thank you Juan.
Coordinator: Thank you. Paul Kaminski, you may ask your question.
P. Kaminski: OK, Juan, getting back to this thing, not only are you a rookie in Formula One, but you've got the new Michelin tires to work with there. Talk a little bit about that and, you know, not having driven any laps at speed at the Brickyard road course, do you think that you guys have got a tire that will have something for them when they get there?
J. Montoya: Yes, I think we'll be quite competitive. I think it's going to take a bit of time to really get there and work with that. But from what I've seen so far, I would definitely think that we are looking quite strong.
P. Kaminski: Thank you.
Coordinator: Thank you. Daniel Levert, you may ask your question.
D. Levert: Todd Burger with One Series. ... area in Grand Prix or fast track ...
P. Kelly: Dawn, I think we have a connection problem there.
Coordinator: OK. Mr. Ma, you may ask your question.
K. Ma: Juan, you spent a lot of time with Williams last year at Indy. Did you get a chance to learn the general setup for the race?
J. Montoya: Well, you know, every year the car is different. You've got something new in the car, so you can't really go and say, "Yes, I've learned the set up." Because my driving style is different, but the team has a lot of data from the previous year, and we'll see how that applies.
K. Ma: Thank you.
Coordinator: Thank you. Bob Margolis, you may ask your question.
B. Margolis: Hello, Juan Pablo. Yesterday in the press conference, you made a comment about if it was for the money, you would have stayed in the United States.
Could you talk a little bit more about why you left the money and went for Formula One? And do you plan on ending your driving career as a Formula One driver?
J. Montoya: I think I will end my career at this point as a Formula One driver. It could change in five years' time, but at the moment, this is what I wanted to do, and I think I saw I really accomplished everything that I wanted to accomplish in America, and I had a great opportunity to come to the Williams' team.
It was a bit of a sacrifice in money. The money wasn't huge, but that was my decision. I think it was done properly.
B. Margolis: Thank you, Juan.
Coordinator: Thank you. Curt Cavin, you may ask your question.
C. Cavin: So following up on that, has been going back to F1, has that felt like going home? And has there been any real changes that you had to get used to that were really different that what you experienced in your racing career?
J. Montoya: Well, I think the car is completely different from what I was used to, and that it really didn't make it any easier. It was just a matter of time of getting used to and learning to work with the team and learning to get everything together, and when you do that, then things work much better.
C. Cavin: But personally, did it feel like going home?
J. Montoya: No. Really, at this point, I felt that home was really America. I was now spending over three year there, and I really felt like I was really happy there.
C. Cavin: Thank you.
Coordinator: Thank you. Dean Burdette, you may ask your question, and please state your affiliation.
D. Burdette: WPXN radio, Paxton/Rantoul, Illinois. Juan, Formula One, is it more demanding on your time? Do you have more or less free time than you did when you were racing in the United States?
J. Montoya: It's a bit less. I think you've got about the same amount of appearances and the sponsorship dates, but you have got a lot more testing because of the rules. You know we test nearly every week after a race.
D. Burdette: Do you feel that you have more free time, or do you have time on your own?
J. Montoya: I wouldn't say I've got a lot more time, you know, free time. I think I had before more free time than now. I think that the last three weeks we had a pretty good break, but now we have to wait and see what happens now.
D. Burdette: Thank you.
Coordinator: Thank you. Dick Mittman, you may ask your question.
D. Mittman: Yes, Juan, what would it mean to you to become the first driver to win both the Indy and the U.S. Grand Prix?
J. Montoya: I think first I have to win it, but I think it would be something really special. Imagine that - that would be really nice, especially, you know, I won Indy in my rookie year and to get the win there in the U.S. Grand Prix in my rookie year, it would be just fantastic. But from saying it to doing it is a long way.
D. Mittman: OK, thank you.
Coordinator: Curt Cavin, you may ask your question.
C. Cavin: If you read Autosport all of the time, like we do over here, you read about the press and the politics and all the crap. Everybody is trying to pit driver against driver in the media. Is it just a pain in the (butt) to you? Are you kind of sick of that?
J. Montoya: I'll be honest with you, I don't really pay any attention to it. Sometimes you read - actually, the best way so that it doesn't bother you is not to read it. Ignore it. You just go and, even it gets to a point that you know everything is just exactly as you say, bull(****).
C. Cavin: You made a reference to your teammate and spending less time with him. Can you elaborate on that just a little bit, because your teammate is one that has received a lot of that combat with you in the media?
J. Montoya: Really, there is nothing there. He is doing his job, I am doing mine, and that is as far as that goes.
We sit down together with engineers and work together for the best interest of the team. But, you know, I think he's quite reserved, and I'm quite reserved, as well, so that's the way it works.
C. Cavin: Thanks.