Montoya ‘still a McLaren driver’ – Dennis

Sat, 15 July 2006, 01:11

Ron Dennis has vowed to block departed racer Juan Pablo Montoya’s immediate NASCAR debut, with the team principal insisting that McLaren reserves the right to put the Colombian back in a silver formula one car.

30-year-old Montoya’s F1 fans should not celebrate too early, however, as Dennis’ comments at Magny Cours almost certainly the beginning of negotiations for a complete 2006 contract buyout by the racer’s new team boss, Chip Ganassi.

”If we so chose he will test and race again,” Dennis insisted. ”He is a contracted McLaren driver.”

Englishman Dennis did, however, pour cold water on speculation that Lewis Hamilton or Gary Paffett could find their way into Montoya’s vacant cockpit, adding that it’s ‘more likely’ that tester Pedro de la Rosa ‘will continue in the car’.

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