Montoya, now in IndyCar, also admits he no longer watches a lot F1
By: GMM on March 24, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Michael Schumacher (left) and Juan pablo Montoya shared the podium at the 2004 San Marino Grand Prix.
The missing link at Ferrari is Michael Schumacher. That is the claim of Juan Pablo Montoya, a rival of the excellent 6-time planet champion who at present lies significantly injured in a French hospital right after a skiing fall on Dec. 29.
Schumacher and Montoya, who raced in NASCAR following leaving F1 (exactly where he raced from 2001-06) and is now back in the IndyCar series, had been frequently fierce rivals.
“We spoke once in the 6 years that we raced towards every single other,” Montoya, 38, is quoted by the German information agency DPA. “He was a competitor, not a pal. Formula 1 is extremely closed — as a McLaren driver I could not just go and sit in the Ferrari motor house.”
Even so, Montoya certainly imagined extremely of Schumacher, claiming that “The only time Ferrari did well was when Michael was there.”
Similarly, he stated that if Schumacher’;s return to F1 with Mercedes was not productive at the tail end of his career, it was the fault of the team and not the driver.
“He didn’;t just fail to remember how to drive. It truly is how it has always been in Formula A single,” Montoya insisted.
Beyond that, he mentioned it is hard to comment on the present state of the sport, as “For 7 many years I have not watched Formula One. Perhaps one particular or 2 races a yr.”
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