Juan Pablo Montoya’s premature departure from formula one this year was a ‘disruption’, McLaren’s chief executive has said.
As Colombian Montoya prepares to make his debut this weekend in Nascar’s premier category, Martin Whitmarsh suggested to Speed TV that the 31-year-old’s soured end to his grand prix career might have influenced McLaren’s failure to win a race in 2006.
But Whitmarsh said: “We can try and apportion blame and responsibility there, but it didn’t work out.
“Whether it was 90 per cent his fault and 10 per cent ours or vice versa — he didn’t really blend in.
“He didn’t really blend in at Williams either, but we hoped we could achieve more with Juan than they did.”
Montoya won 7 grands prix from 95 starts.