Montoya exit was a disruption

Mon, 13 November 2006, 08:00

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.


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