NASCAR » Keep working at it, Montoya tells Kimi

Just days before Kimi Raikkonen makes his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, Juan Montoya offers some words of advice.

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A.S. - Unregistered

May 17, 2011 10:58 PM

Look, both were exciting drivers in the past and their names really meant something. Now no one even bothers to comment when they're planning/doing NASCAR. What a shame.

Taz - Unregistered

May 18, 2011 1:09 PM


Top ones doing Ovals ?

Since when ?

Don't see Vettel,Alonso,Hamilton etc doing ovals.

Wouldn't cal Montoya a top driver, he's good but wasn't F1 champ material.

JJJ - Unregistered

May 18, 2011 9:46 PM

Montoya had a shot in 03 but the (awesome) BMW V10 gave up on him one too many times...and his strained relationship with Ralf Schumacher didn't help either.

Anyway, these two guys are the ones that I've seen driving in F1 and respect the most. Obviously I've seen footage of Gilles Villeneuve and Senna but never actually saw them driving a season long.

Vettel and Alonso are good but they mostly make perfect use of their perfect cars. These guys OTOH brought something extra on a regular basis, both in sheer speed and racecraft. Granted, there were some daft mistakes too, but they still belong in F1.

Dean Dean

May 18, 2011 10:51 PM
Last Edited 1732 days ago

JJJ,no.neither were committed enough to their cause, too much hard graft like training etc when they saw it as something from a time gone's not just about racing,a mere protion of it is such. Montoya left F1 before his time but is past the ability and past caring.F1 was far too serious for him, he really struggled sharing anything data wise,he wanted it all to himself but above all he struggled with his weight !! Kimi just struggled when the conditions weren't perfect,watch Alonso for someone that makes the absolute best of what they have.Kimi races primarily for the pay cheque but doesn't give of himself any time for the sponsors who pay him,his biggest negotiations were about not HAVING TO spend time with engineers and media beyond his being at the race track.Kimi so so rarely visited Marinello it was a standing joke )AND he drinks a lot,Ferrari just plain eventually 'understood him' and so booted him asap,paid him a fortune to go in fact.Attitude like an amateur 'fun driver',d

Taz - Unregistered

May 19, 2011 1:03 PM

@Dean Dean

You miss the point with Kmini, thats why many fans liked him because he didn't give a toss about things such as F1 politics, been sponsor friendly but driving fast and partying, more an old school driver.....but that's no bad thing.

Most F1 press conferences are pointless now, it's just pre-scripted PR waffle, at least in MotoGP you get a bit of bander, F1 is supposed to entertain us....not bore us.

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