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No chance of F1 comeback, says JPM

Seven-time grand prix winner Juan Pablo Montoya says he is happy and 'having fun' in NASCAR – and that there is 'no chance' he will return to F1 in the future.

Former Williams and McLaren man Juan Pablo Montoya has said it is unlikely he will ever return to F1 now.

Montoya, who made his debut in the sport in 2001 and who finished third in the drivers' championship in 2002 and 2003, made the decision to switch to NASCAR with Chip Ganassi Racing mid-day through 2006.

Since then the 35-year-old has been moderately successful in NASCAR's Sprint Cup – its premier division – and to date has won two Cup races and in 2009 was eighth in the standings.

“Some people tell me I should go back to F1, but I am very happy,” he explained in an interview with presna.com. "I think it is pretty clear that there is no chance of going the other way at the moment.

"[Besides] at this moment I am happy, my sponsor is happy and Chip Ganassi is happy and that's all I care about.

"I saw the [F1] finale this year [in Abu Dhabi] and it is like it has been all the time - one car is a second faster than another but he cannot pass. They say the problem is the tracks but honestly F1 has always been the same. NASCAR is more fun.”

As for Sebastian Vettel, Montoya believes the German will make a good champion: "He has got lots talent even though he did everything possible not to win it.

"He and his team made many mistakes that made it very complicated for them. But I think the fastest driver and car won [in the end]," summed-up the Colombian, who won seven grand's prix during his time at the pinnacle of the sport.

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Juan-Pablo Montoya looks on in the garage at Daytona International Speedway, 2010 [pic credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images]
Montoya celebrates in Winners Circle at Watkins Glen
No. 42 Target Chevrolet - Juan Pablo Montoya [Pic credit: Getty for NASCAR]
Juan Pablo Montoya [Pic credit: Getty for NASCAR]
Juan-Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, at the 2009 Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway [pic credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR]

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Bobby B - Unregistered

December 29, 2010 5:34 PM

Racing should be fun for the drivers as well as the fans. Montoya is and always has been an enigma in all the series he has been involved with. He has settled nicely into US life, his family is comfortable and no-one needs to conform to the stuck up way of life they had in F1 with Williams and McLaren. If racing and life is fun, why change?

cknopp - Unregistered

December 29, 2010 9:26 PM

Guys, NASCAR isnt THAT bad... It is just different. The fanbase is not what you describe either... It is just a different form of racing. Take it or leave it. Just quit bashing it!

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