Montoya glad to be mad, bad and dangerous

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  • Saturday, 05 Jul 2003

MAGNY-COURS (France): Juan Pablo Montoya admitted on Thursday that his critics might be right – and he may just be a little mad after all.  

The Colombian came under fire from Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn at the European Grand Prix last weekend when he nosed his Williams inside the Ferrari of world champion Michael Schumacher leaving the German marooned in a sand trap as they battled for second place.  

“Maybe I am a little bit mad but I thought it was a pretty cool move and a good move and I was happy with it,” said Montoya who hung on to second place at the Nurburgring while Schumacher trailed home in fifth place.  

The two drivers have a history of clashes on the track with incidents in Brazil and Malaysia in 2001 witnessing the start of a fierce rivalry between the duo.  

“Overtaking should never be easy. You should force other drivers into a mistake,” said the Williams man.  

“I think when Ross Brawn said I was mad and lacked class, he was very frustrated because Kimi Raikkonen had quit with a blown engine, and he would have known how important it was for his driver to finish high up.  

“But drivers know that when I am behind them, I will go for it. Controversy is good for the fans and they want to see it. They get a crack out of it.”  

Montoya currently lies fourth in the championship with 39 points to Schumacher's 58 and was on pole here last year.  

He also has a win to his name this season as well as two second spots - in Australia and at the Nurburgring last weekend when teammate Ralf Schumacher clinched victory.  

And as he pursues a world title which many in the sport believe is his destiny, the 27-year-old is adamant that he will not change his wild ways.  

“Before I went on the track last week, Frank Williams (team boss) said that he wanted to see some proper racing,” explained Montoya who is happy with his agression and consistency on the track.  

“I am not always where I want to be but I've been finishing fourth, third, second. It's not great but last week Kimi looked like a hero but he was an idiot because he cocked it up just like he did in Barcelona.        

“In Austria, Ralf was as quick as me in practice but screwed it up on Friday.” – AFP  

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