Juan Montoya has said that he is over the disappointment of losing a shot at the Formula One world title, and determined to ensure that Williams-BMW prevents rivals Ferrari from clinching another double championship triumph.

The Colombian admitted that, having left the circuit just a short time after coming home sixth in the United States Grand Prix, it took him fully two days to get the frustration out of his system. Now, however, he reckons he has regained his fighting spirit and will be chasing both second spot in the individual series and another constructors' title for his employers.

"What happened was a big blow - it took me two days to get back to normal and accept it's all over," he confirmed exclusively to Britain's Sun newspaper, "Without the penalty [received for punting Rubens Barrichello out of the race], I feel I could have been second or third, which would have put me either five or seven points behind [Michael] Schumacher with everything to play for. It would have been great for me, for Williams and the sport had it still been a three-way battle in Japan.

"But at least I have shown I am capable of fighting for a world championship - Indianapolis was the first time in nine races that I've not been on the podium. My own championship chances may have disappeared, but I'll be fighting for the runners-up spot and trying to hand Williams the constructors' title."

The fiery Latin driver admitted that he had had to leave the circuit in a hurry in case he said something he later regretted, after just missing out on the fifth place he needed to ensure that he remained in the hunt for the drivers' title.

"I left the track quickly because I was so mad," he explained, "Anything I said would have got me into trouble. I was so p****d off."

 

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