Williams confident of mature Montoya

Williams confident of mature Montoya

Team boss Frank Williams is confident that Juan Pablo Montoya has matured as driver and is a match for anyone on the track. Now in his third year with the BMW Williams team, Montoya has been steadily climbing the ranks. From sixth in the ...

Team boss Frank Williams is confident that Juan Pablo Montoya has matured as driver and is a match for anyone on the track. Now in his third year with the BMW Williams team, Montoya has been steadily climbing the ranks. From sixth in the championship on his debut, to third last season and now fighting for the title with five-time champion Michael Schumacher, the Colombian has progressed well.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"He's much more mature than he was a year ago, much more mature now and knowledgeable about his car," said Williams, according to Reuters. "He will conduct himself as good as Michael or anyone else on the track, he's as quick as anybody and as sensible as anybody on the track."

Heading into the penultimate round of the 2003 season, the US Grand Prix, Montoya is just three points behind Schumacher. While McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen still has a chance, most think the battle is solely between Montoya and the current champion. Schumacher can take the title at Indianapolis but it looks likely the last race at Suzuka will be the showdown.

"The championship is absolutely open," said former BMW motorsport director Gerhard Berger in an interview with German television. "Just one retirement, and everything will look completely different. But currently I have to say that Juan Pablo still has got a healthy chance of winning the title."

Berger knows Schumacher has his years of experience to help him but thinks Montoya has a very competitive car, with more power than the Ferrari. "You can't make up the experience gained by Michael in the past, but we've got a power advantage as compensation," he said.

"And Juan mustn't be underestimated either, particularly as he's got a car that will offer him the opportunity to strike back at the last two races of the season. I really hope he will do so and secure the title."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams