European drivers are "mentally weak" - Montoya

Published on 08 Feb 2017 15:41
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Former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya has said that a majority of the European drivers that he has faced in his career are "mentally weak".

The Colombian spoke to F1's official Youtube channel about his career in F1, which spanned from 2001-2006, winning seven Grands Prix. He has raced against the likes of Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and even Michael’s brother Ralf.

"I learned a lot from Ralf [Schumacher], he was really quick, but European drivers are very weak mentally. You can get in their head really easy, I think that plays in what you’re seeing today and what you always see in F1.

“When things go your way, you’re really strong, I mean when Lewis [Hamilton] is winning, he’s unstoppable, but when something goes wrong, the spiral down is huge. If the cars were closer together, I think you would see different people winning.”

When asked if he thought seven time world champion Michael Schumacher was mentally weak, he said:  “You could get in his head, but he was really strong.

“Ralf on the other hand, was a guy that to beat him was nearly impossible, but if you could beat him on his A-day, you could get in his head. It was tough, we all have a weakness, you just got to figure out which one it is.”

The 41 year old was asked about who he thinks is the most complete driver on the grid today.

“I would say, probably [Sebastian] Vettel, he is one of the most complete guys and I think Fernando [Alonso], I ran with Fernando in my career. I think those are the two are overall the best drivers, I think Lewis does a really good job, but they’re in the best cars.

“It’s very easy to think a guy in the best car is the best driver, but the question is, if they’re not in the best car, how would they handle things, I think Fernando and Sebastian have endured that and I think they’re the best.”

 

Fergal Walsh



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Good opinion from Juan.. :-)
 
GB f1fan0101 08 Feb 2017 15:530
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Always one to speak his mind
 
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What about Colombian drivers? It's easy to get into their heads too.. just use a camera.
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hahahaha :-) what he was shouting then? "You bloody son of a bitch" or what was it?!
 
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Errrrr, is this the same Jùan Pablo Montoya who Schumi ministered at Tosa and then spent the next 30 laps sulking 2 seconds off the pace before pulling himself together? And as pointed out elsewhere, an accident with a camera provoked a complete primal Donna tantrum.

Fact is for all his machismo, JPM never looked like a potential F1 Champion. As for European drivers being mentally weak, I think the stats show otherwise.

But let's be charitable. Perhaps 11 years driving round in circles has made JPM even more unbalanced­čśť
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monstered at Tosa.....
 
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The cars or the teams are not a level play. I liked his ways of blowing up engines but that doesn't make other racers weak.
 
SE calle.itw 09 Feb 2017 06:32+1
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A bit odd, coming from the guy who had a mental breakdown when a reporter made fun of his name.
 
GB FlAsHFlOoD 09 Feb 2017 13:460
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Hmmm, so how did Seb handle being in not the best car in 2014, the first time for years he hadn't been? Oh yes, he didn't win a race whist his team mate won three, and then left in a sulk to join another team! I want what you are smoking Juan :)
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that´s not ok. Remembering 2010? Remember Monza in the rain?
 
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Opinions are like arseholes. Everyone has got one.
 

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