Dennis: Montoya could return to F1 this year

Posted: July 15, 2006 by Neeraj in Drivers, Formula-One, Juan Pablo Montoya, Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes, NASCAR, Pedro de la Rosa, Ron Dennis, Teams

Ron DennisAs reported on

“Juan Pablo is fully contracted to the end of the year and if we so choose he will test and race again, that is our option and no one else’s,” said McLaren boss Ron Dennis .

“I felt if he was focused on having the best end of season, I thought it would be easier for me to take the decision to keep him in the team, and better for him to get a better offer, so common objective was to get the best out of the season,” he explained.

“Obviously that objective somewhat changed when he decided that in 2007 he was going to race in NASCAR so the objectives became different. The appropriate action was for him to cool off and think about his situation until we have a common objective for the remaining races.”

JPM followers must be quiet excited to hear this. But, even if he did came back, will he have the motivation & willingness to win/complete the race ? When Ron Dennis is himself saying that his objectives has changed, then why keep this usless option open ? Obviously they already have promising drivers [lie De la Rosa & Hamilton] who can aptly takes JPM place in the team.

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  1. Taker says:

    I think Ron Dennis just wants to show JPM that he is boss and that he could make him race if he wants to. Or maybe it could be an attempt to make JPM and Ganassi pay some settlement money to let JPM race in NASCAR this season. Afterall, JPM is contracted to Mclaren for the end of the season and Im sure Ron would be happy to get some $$ back for letting JPM go to NASCAR this early. Another reason could be that Ron wants to keep some sponsors, who came aboard coz of JPM , happy.

  2. E@zyVG says:

    Montoya was my number 1 driver in F1, even though he is not Williams driver. After hearing that he was leaving for NASCAR, I got very upset and think it is wrong decision on behalf of Montoya, going from F1 to NASCAR seems to me a step backwards, if not more.

    Well, I wish him all the best.

  3. Neeraj says:

    @Taker, there has been talks of JPM having to pay somthing in region of $3.3M to get out of the agreement with McLaren. Whether he had paid that amount or not is not known.

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