Juan Pablo Montoya has denied that a verbal spat with F1 rival David Coulthard has anything to do with an apparent race to a seat at Red Bull Racing in 2007.
With Colombia’s Montoya now seemingly out of contention to keep his spot at McLaren, bosses at Red Bull are reportedly in the process of deciding whether to snap him up.
But with incumbent Coulthard and Tonio Liuzzi also linked strongly with the ride, it is a possibility that – after their qualifying run-in and stewards’ enquiry – Scot DC’s likening of a conversation with Montoya to a chat with a caged ‘chimpanzee’ indicates more than a simple loss of temper.
Asked by reporters about the Red Bull link, Montoya said at Silverstone: ”I don’t have any issues with that.
”I think it’s not my call,” he added. ”It is Red Bull’s decision about who they want, and my decision as well if I go.”
Montoya also confirmed that Coulthard, 35, personally apologised for his harsh words to the press on Sunday morning.