Montoya admits return to America ‘possible’

Wed, 28 June 2006, 09:14

Juan Pablo Montoya has refused to rule out returning to America’s open-wheeler scene next year, as his prospects of securing a top formula one drive continue to wane.

His former Champ Car boss, Chip Ganassi, indicated recently that he would gladly take the feisty Colombian back.

30-year-old Montoya is almost certain to now be out of the frame to retain his McLaren ride for 2007, and his other possibilities – most notably Red Bull – are rapidly looking just as dubious.

On the back of two disappointing seasons in silver, he tangled with Nico Rosberg last Sunday at Montreal before slapping the wall and ignominiously retiring.

”I do not know what the future brings,” Montoya admitted to ‘Auto Motor Und Sport’ magazine. ”At the moment I am not really thinking about it.”

On the Chip Ganassi link, he added: ”Everything is possible.

”I am completely relaxed. I will look at the options and then we’ll see what happens. I am not too worried about it.

”At the moment nothing is certain but I am in good spirits.”

‘Auto Motor Und Sport’ contends that a return to Williams, Montoya’s first home in F1 between 2001-2004, could be an option. The magazine says Frank Williams, yet to take up a several million dollar ‘option’ on Mark Webber’s contract, might be reluctant to cough up the Australian’s scheduled pay-hike.


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