In the first part of an interview, Juan Pablo Montoya talks about his win in Brazil, the team's work over the course of the season and his own performance. Race winner Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates. Photo by BMW PressClub. Q: Juan ...
In the first part of an interview, Juan Pablo Montoya talks about his win in Brazil, the team's work over the course of the season and his own performance.
Q: Juan Pablo, you've not only finished the 2004 season but also your time with the BMW WilliamsF1 Team in style. What was running through your head when you crossed the finish line at Sao Paulo?
Juan Pablo Montoya: Aaagh, my neck hurts! Actually I was so pleased I was punching the air.
Q: Had you expected to be that competitive before the season finale?
JPM: We knew we could be competitive in Brazil as the set up is so important, and we really wanted to finish on a high.
Q: What does this victory -- especially in front of your South American fans -- mean to you?
JPM: I wanted to win so badly in Brazil, to sign off in style at my 'home' Grand Prix and to give the team a win.
Q: The 2004 season didn't bring the desired results. Does this win compensate for the disappointments in other races?
JPM: I am glad we were able to win in Brazil, it is just a shame we did not have more to cheer about during the season.
Q: Critics claimed that you were not motivated in the final stages of the season. Is it a nice feeling to have been able to prove them wrong with the race win in Brazil?
JPM: I have been pleased with my driving this season. There have been some good races but they have been in the mid-field and therefore did not get much exposure on TV.
Continued in Part 2