NASCAR » NASCAR drivers 'underrated', F1 drivers 'scared'

Two drivers who made the leap from F1 to NASCAR before the latest convert Kimi Raikkonen have offered their own very candid assessment of the two substantially different motorsport disciplines

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samir - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 3:18 PM

this is awesome news. Kimi dominated Montoya when they were together in McLaren. If he can stick with it for a couple of years he would be right up there. definitely the most talented driver to move to nascar.

OZFan - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 3:34 PM

Juan Pablo's chit-chat, yatta yatta makes me sleepy. Yahum...
This guy talks a lot, and does not says anything meaningfull. Better shut the f*** up, Montoya! Go and try to drive fast your stupid stocker. You won't, because the thing is heavier than a Sherman tank...

Mr Lee - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 5:41 PM

Montoya trying to big up his own new sport. He only left F1 because he was failing to make an impact, and now chooses the equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel. Raikkonen also never beat Massa convincingly, unlike Schumacher and Alonso, who both put him in his place. Unsurprisingly, he then chose to leave before he was truly embarrassed by any half decent team mate.


April 04, 2011 7:26 PM

OzFan and Mr.Lee -- You guys make it obvious you are real know-nothings. Just so you know, I'm not a NASCAR fan, and I a long time F1 enthusiast, though I'd like F1 to be much better managed. The speed and closeness of NASCAR competition is surely beyond your understanding. If you cannot see the major differences in driving technique and race strategy and cannot admire them, and wonder at the courage involved, you must be blind as well. Montoya is "shooting fish in a barrel" in NASCAR?? Montoya is a great open-wheeled racer on ovals as well as road courses. He's just a middle of the pack good one in NASCAR! What are you watching? Can you read? Study the sport a little, and then make the comparison with F1. No, I don't like ugly Americans with bad accents either (yes I am a natural born US citizen), but NASCAR is seriously technical in vehicle and driving, and is a product that has created immense wealth. You don't have to like it, but you should respect it and not get caught talking sh

new f1fan - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 8:12 PM

Mr Lee,hardly anything you said is right,Kimi quite often was beating Massa especially in 2007,and as for him leaving F1 it was Ferrari who kicked him out in place for the not so great Alonso he did not have any say in any of it.As for Montoya well he just got fed up with F1 in the end he never left because he stopped winning,in fact he was very sucessful when he was driving for Williams.

Magician - Unregistered

April 05, 2011 7:32 AM

When Piquet says that F1 drivers are scared of going to NASCAR, I think what he means is F1 drivers see it as a one-way ticket, that once your are state-side, even going to Champ Cars, you don't come back. Everone in Europe sees F1 as the pinnacle, but that isn't necessarily true, it's for kids really, as Schuey is finding out. Perhaps he needs to try NASCAR, he may find it tougher going that what he is experiencing now. To all the F1 snobs, those that continually rubbish NASCAR, you really do live in the past. This isn't 1970's anymore, and the cars are technically interesting nowadays, and the drivers actually quite good. Surprising how many top guys from other disciplines try NASCAR and surprise, surprise, don't find it so easy. Good luck Kimster.


April 05, 2011 12:36 PM

Indeed those two comments from Mr Lee and OZFan show the lack of knowledge people have for Nascar. I work for a motor racing driver who has competed in Euopean GT, Porsche Cup, karting and has been very successfull - Martin Donelly ran the guy in Radicals a few years ago and he and Martin had massive success. 4 years ago he did the ASCAR series in the UK at Rockingham and he said it it one of the most skillful racing series he has been in, not at all easy. So to those who say going round in circles is easy - go try it!How anyone who has never tried it can comment and say it is easy is beyond me. Some of the drivers who see these types of posts are incredulous at your lack of understanding and disrespect.

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