Montoya rebuffs Schu criticism

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Juan Pablo Montoya has rounded on Michael Schumacher after the seven-times Formula One world champion criticised NASCAR.Montoya was effectively axed by McLaren midway through last season after surprisingly ...
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romanian wolf

Romania

#1 Jan 18, 2007
Somebody tell me if it is a driver arrived from the USA tipe races who competed strongly in F 1.
There are a lot of ex F 1 drivers who becomed top riders in USA. Is thrue that is about open car (CART, INDY) and not NASCAR.
JPMFAN

Roanoke, VA

#2 Jan 18, 2007
Don't you worry - JPM can hold his own no matter what he's racing.

I agree - Schumi is NOBODY in the US!

Even though I'm not a big NASCAR fan - I will always be a JPM (& family) fan!
Joe Dopebucket

Austin, TX

#3 Jan 18, 2007
Many believe that Nascar legend Sterling Marlin could easilt make the switch to F1 and have consistant podium finishes
bob

Linden, NC

#4 Jan 18, 2007
anybody that talks to the new your times i dont think much of, or what he has to say
john

UK

#5 Jan 20, 2007
montoya has always been a moaning little boy and the only reason he has gone back to the states is because he could,nt handle losing in f1 ,little baby, gone back home where he can win ,dont send a boy to do a mans job
Alberto

Hollywood, FL

#6 Jan 20, 2007
The thing is very simple. Juan Pablo Montoya has been always a superior driver than Michael Schumacher and I am not talking only about F1 or Nascar racing, I am talking about Juan Pablo Montoya could beat easily Michael Schumacher on any type of racing, because ability, preparation, experience, talent, personality, diverse background and something Michael will never have, guts. Put them on exactly same machines, with same qualified engineering team and Montoya will beat Schumacher permanently.

The only reason Montoya never beats Schumacher permanently, was because the vehicles. That is fact looking at the drivers leaving Williams first and now Mclaren, where Montoya struggled to win.

On the other hand, Ferrari had their best years when Montoya moves to F1. Different history would be if Schumacher were running with a team other than Ferrari. Thatís why Schumacher now needs to make unneeded and disrespectful comments about Montoya, Nascar and the USA nationís people. If he donít have the guts that Montoya have been demonstrating all these years, at the very least donít insult the only person who is better than him, another sport and anotherís country people.
Dan

UK

#7 Jan 22, 2007
This is a reply the the totally rubbish comments made by Alberto.. Schumacher is a 7 times world champion for a reason, that reason is because he is the best driver. f1 is a sport where as nascar is a bunch of rednecks driving round in a circle. If you put a corner on one or the nascar track the drivers would probly get out of there car and hold a meeting about wat the should do about it because it would confuse them.... they would probly then decide to just sleep with there sister and go home. Montoya has been beaten by his team mate Kimi Raikkonen at every race. Schumacher joined Ferrari when there were midgriders and he pushed them forward into what they are now... Champions
Schumacher also raced for Bennetton. Before Schumacher started ther Bennetton were the back markers Schumacher totally destroyed all the other drivers and won two championships and his team mates rarly made it into the points... Schumachers first team was Jordan he only had 1 race with them and it lasted not even 1 lap but he proved himself a champion. Montoya joined 2 teams in his f1 carrear ther were front runners but he still failed to shine... BUT MONTOYA WILL BECOME A NASCAR CHAMPION because the other drivers had as much talent a s-club 7... ALSO when it comes to insulting people.. Montoya wrote the book
Roman

Laguna Beach, CA

#8 Jan 22, 2007
Dan,

I must agree with you Schumi is the Gold Standard. Alberto has been hitting the pipe a little hard lately. JPM, although a great driver in his own right, has never shown he has anything for Schumi, or Kimi for that matter. Put Schumi in an identical car with anyone including Alonso, JPM or Kimi and I put my money on him. Senna vs. Schumi..... Now that would have been something! Schumi elevates the teams he drives for, not the other way around. Alberto, I like JPM, and I hope he competes well in Nascar. That said, he belongs in an open wheel series. It's just too bad we don't have a good alternative to F1.
Alvaro

Barnesville, OH

#9 Jan 22, 2007
Hey Dan, grow up dude, there are road courses in NASCAR. Just because Schumacher can win with a Ferrari in F1 where most races are run with the drivers far apart from each other. (one reason F1 drivers are so anti social) it doesn't mean he can keep up with 43 other drivers at 180 mph and keep less tha half a second with the pace. Keep your childish comments to a video game forum.

Since: Jan 07

Romania

#10 Jan 23, 2007
Do not compare only Schummi and Montoia. What about Andretti JR an other USA driver who did not confirm in F 1. There is Mansell who wen in F 1 was obsolette in USA had a huge succes. Nascar is in essence an other wai to do motorracing, and is dificult to compare NASCAR to F1.
In the case of JPM and MS one (JPM) is talking a lott (the american wai of being a big champion include the popularity in the must hawe for a sportsmann, the other was winning a lott.
Raiko fan

Dhaka, Bangladesh

#11 Jan 23, 2007
Roman wrote:
Dan,
I must agree with you Schumi is the Gold Standard. Alberto has been hitting the pipe a little hard lately. JPM, although a great driver in his own right, has never shown he has anything for Schumi, or Kimi for that matter. Put Schumi in an identical car with anyone including Alonso, JPM or Kimi and I put my money on him. Senna vs. Schumi..... Now that would have been something! Schumi elevates the teams he drives for, not the other way around. Alberto, I like JPM, and I hope he competes well in Nascar. That said, he belongs in an open wheel series. It's just too bad we don't have a good alternative to F1.
schumacher was always a better driver than kimi, alonso and montoyo... when compared with senna, well thats a different case, cause the cars that were driven before and that are driven now are totally different.. well, but it sure would have been a hell of a season...

and who cares if schumi isnt anyone in usa... f1 is considered to be the most highly tech, most advanced and considered the most major motorsport, unlike nascar... and schumi is another synonym of f1..

and im not commanding anyone to stop watching nascar, those who likes that, let them like it, but comparing it with f1 is a foolish thing to do..

one day i was watching nascar where it was the end of the race.. probably a driver won the WC or only the race.. anyway, there, he was telling tht after 4 years in nascar, he came to know the idea of drafting(slip streaming) before that race...

man!!!! and you compare them even with the drivers of f1 who hardly made a point in 5 seasons.. i'll say, those f1 drivers are more sensible, more knowledgible than those of the nascars...

and 1 more thing, though i liked montoyo very very much, he should shut his mouth and stop passing about the 7 time WC and should remember that it was mcleran who axed him out....
Dan

UK

#12 Jan 23, 2007
I am a Motorsport fan.... i watch F1 and also NASCAR Schumacher mayb a nobody in America but drivers such as Dale Earnhart jr and snr and totally unheard of everware around the world.....F1 is a global sport and NASCAR isnt.....The few good drivers that have come out off america have failed to prove themselfs in europe and across the world. Except a handfull..
NASCAR is a hugly undeveloped sport in ancient cars designed to turn left... One formula 1 car is the total cost of a complete season for 1 NASCAR team........ Champ cars its Amreican the best driver for the past few years......FRENCH 2nd place in the championship...BRITISH.. Paul Tracy is consided to be the "HERO"of the field....CANADA. The last American Formula 1 world champion Mario Andretti 1978 29 years ago.. and he was totally destroyed my BRITISH MAN Nigel Mansell...Dan weldon is currently consisded the "FUTURE OR MOTORRACING IN AMERICA" well guess what he BRITISH....Even American legend Jerry Springer isnt American BRITISH.....Britian is about the same size as an American mans lunch.....
Alvaro

Barnesville, OH

#13 Jan 23, 2007
Dan wrote:
I am a Motorsport fan.... i watch F1 and also NASCAR Schumacher mayb a nobody in America but drivers such as Dale Earnhart jr and snr and totally unheard of everware around the world.....F1 is a global sport and NASCAR isnt.....The few good drivers that have come out off america have failed to prove themselfs in europe and across the world. Except a handfull..
NASCAR is a hugly undeveloped sport in ancient cars designed to turn left... One formula 1 car is the total cost of a complete season for 1 NASCAR team........ Champ cars its Amreican the best driver for the past few years......FRENCH 2nd place in the championship...BRITISH.. Paul Tracy is consided to be the "HERO"of the field....CANADA. The last American Formula 1 world champion Mario Andretti 1978 29 years ago.. and he was totally destroyed my BRITISH MAN Nigel Mansell...Dan weldon is currently consisded the "FUTURE OR MOTORRACING IN AMERICA" well guess what he BRITISH....Even American legend Jerry Springer isnt American BRITISH.....Britian is about the same size as an American mans lunch.....
Hey man just because "your" drivers can race on motorcycles with four wheels doesn't mean that everything else is trash. If your great self-prclaimed superiority is so real why are you lowering yourself to demean other sports? Britain is nice but you sure don't show it with your "I'm better than thou" talk. If the cars that NASCAR races were so ancient designed only to turn left then they would not be called Stock Cars. There is a fact for you to digest into your big fat mouth, and that's if you even know what stock car means ignorant overweight 7-eleven dropout.
Larry

Ravena, NY

#14 Jan 24, 2007
Dan wrote:
I am a Motorsport fan.... i watch F1 and also NASCAR Schumacher mayb a nobody in America but drivers such as Dale Earnhart jr and snr and totally unheard of everware around the world.....F1 is a global sport and NASCAR isnt.....The few good drivers that have come out off america have failed to prove themselfs in europe and across the world. Except a handfull..
NASCAR is a hugly undeveloped sport in ancient cars designed to turn left... One formula 1 car is the total cost of a complete season for 1 NASCAR team........ Champ cars its Amreican the best driver for the past few years......FRENCH 2nd place in the championship...BRITISH.. Paul Tracy is consided to be the "HERO"of the field....CANADA. The last American Formula 1 world champion Mario Andretti 1978 29 years ago.. and he was totally destroyed my BRITISH MAN Nigel Mansell...Dan weldon is currently consisded the "FUTURE OR MOTORRACING IN AMERICA" well guess what he BRITISH....Even American legend Jerry Springer isnt American BRITISH.....Britian is about the same size as an American mans lunch.....
F1 is a global sport for one reason only. From day one it saw the need to take it's show on the road. If it had stayed in one country or one region then that is where it's popularity would have stayed. As far as US drivers being recruited for F1, it doesn't happen because the teams aren't stupid. They know that F1 isn't popular in the US so they recruit drivers from countrys where it is. They have plenty to choose from.
Ancient cars? Guess you missed the show when Gordon & Montoya swapped cars at Indy. The Williams team was very surprised at the amount of technology NASCAR uses.
Only turn left? Apparently you've never seen either of the road races that NASCAR runs every season. They put on a hell of a show. Lot more fun to watch then the glorified parade laps F1 touts as "the best racing on earth".
Champ Car & IRL are, unfortunately, nothing. They are barely surviving. Talking about their drivers is pointless.
Many foreign drivers do well here because we welcome everybody. We cheer for a good driver no matter where he is from. US drivers in Europe are typically denegrated and looked down upon.
Before you get all puffed up about what superior sportsmen you are in England, keep in mind that on this side of the pond we have all seen the news clips of British soccer fans.
Dan

UK

#15 Jan 24, 2007
Alvaro.....
ignorant overweight 7-eleven drop out????? Wat does that mean speak English....And when it comes to being overweight...Move that burger out of your eyeline and pick up your belly from the floor.. then read the facts.... where is the most overweight contury AMERICA.
LARRY...
I respect you option.. Football or (SOCCER) is our national sport. but dont forget where David Beckham is going.... The British fan will b right out side your door very soon I personally dont like football.. Also ther is a f1 driver from America Scott Speed. Al;so F1 is in other countrys because there is a demand for it else where. American Motorspor is not liked in other countries because American rules and regs are still very slack.... the last f1 driver who died in a f1 car was Ayrton Senna in 1994 the last driver killed in American was about a week ago ( Paul Dana.. Dale Earnhart ect....) American racing is massivly undeveloped and the drivers had huge ego and think they own the track....Dale Earnhard refused to wear the HANS device (head and neck safety) that is what killed him... INGORANT.. whereas drives in f1 were forced to wear them Americans think they can make and break the rules. Also Drivers that are totaly useless in Formula 1 win in America that shows the skills involved ( Christano Damatta- Alex Zanardi- Justin Wilson-Timo Glock-Tarso Marques) Shall i continue.......... Pleas reply
Alvaro

Barnesville, OH

#16 Jan 24, 2007
Dan, please do not continue, you're embarrasing. Your opinions are obviously baseless and way too biased. What are you doing in Britain if you don't understand English?... Actually thinking about it, just stay there. People with BIG egos like you should stay waaayy overthere. NASCAR rules and like it or not, the fundamental truth is we do not need to put down any other motorsport to feel that way.
Dan

UK

#17 Jan 25, 2007
How are my options baseless? everthing i have said if 100%fact.. Mayb i have an ego but its surpassed by yours.. I watch NASCAR and like it but when you compare it to a sport like formula 1 it falls at every hurdle..Montoya has Failed in F1 in on of the best cars so he has moved to the us where he has a chance of winning a championship the us is the only place has a won anything.... When Montoya was in F1 he was consistanlys being penalised because he couldnt cope with the rules.. I also has how great Montoyas first race was.......(MIND THE WALL)
Larry

Ravena, NY

#18 Jan 25, 2007
Dan wrote:
Alvaro.....
ignorant overweight 7-eleven drop out????? Wat does that mean speak English....And when it comes to being overweight...Move that burger out of your eyeline and pick up your belly from the floor.. then read the facts.... where is the most overweight contury AMERICA.
LARRY...
I respect you option.. Football or (SOCCER) is our national sport. but dont forget where David Beckham is going.... The British fan will b right out side your door very soon I personally dont like football.. Also ther is a f1 driver from America Scott Speed. Al;so F1 is in other countrys because there is a demand for it else where. American Motorspor is not liked in other countries because American rules and regs are still very slack.... the last f1 driver who died in a f1 car was Ayrton Senna in 1994 the last driver killed in American was about a week ago ( Paul Dana.. Dale Earnhart ect....) American racing is massivly undeveloped and the drivers had huge ego and think they own the track....Dale Earnhard refused to wear the HANS device (head and neck safety) that is what killed him... INGORANT.. whereas drives in f1 were forced to wear them Americans think they can make and break the rules. Also Drivers that are totaly useless in Formula 1 win in America that shows the skills involved ( Christano Damatta- Alex Zanardi- Justin Wilson-Timo Glock-Tarso Marques) Shall i continue.......... Pleas reply
The HANS device was developed here in the US in the 1990's. The Hutchins device, which proved inferior, a few years later. Earhhardt wasn't wearing one. Only a handful of drivers in the US were. Nobody in Europe was. After Earnhardt's death it's use was mandated by NASCAR. Everyone uses it or they don't race. Period. Because of that, and other safety improvements, there have been no deaths in the Cup Series since Earnhardt died in Feb of 2001.A year or 2 later the HANS was mandated for use in F1, over the objections of virtually every driver.
The drivers you mention being successful over here all went to open wheel or sports cars, not NASCAR.
A Brit driver was in Daytona recently to try out in the Craftsman Truck Series. Many drivers use it as a stepping stone to the Cup Series. I'm sure he has talent, but he quickly found out it wasn't as easy as he may have thought. He lost it in a turn & stuffed it into the wall. Nobody else was around him.
Why is it that so many of you Europeans are so in love with hi-tech? Racing is about drivers, not computers. Go back to the days of Jimmy Clark, Jackie Stewart, Fangio, and others like them. Back when the cars were crude by today's standards. That's when F1 had some of the best racing on the planet, not the hi-tech parade it is today. Is it really such an ego boost to be able to brag up your hi-tech cars compared to us crude Americans? If it makes you feel better then please continue. I will be so crude as to remind you that a large part of that technology was developed here in the States. It's not that we don't have it or don't know how to use it. We simply chose not to use it. F1 is a MANUFACTURER'S series. Has been from the start. NASCAR isn't. The manufacturers push for hi-tech because it's good advertising for their road car sales, not because it makes the racing better.
Yeah, NASCAR drivers beat & bang. Not because of ego, but because they are fighting for every position they can. That's racing. Sorry if that disturbs your sensitive soul.
Alvaro

Barnesville, OH

#19 Jan 25, 2007
The WALL would have happened to anyone including Schumacher or Alonso when tapped in the rear corner by another car going 180MPH right before a turn. If you call winning 7 Grand Prix F1 races including Monaco and Brazil a failure then you must not know meaning of winning. Mind you these are races outside the US.
Mark SA

Johannesburg, South Africa

#20 Jan 25, 2007
Dan wrote:
How are my options baseless? everthing i have said if 100%fact.. Mayb i have an ego but its surpassed by yours.. I watch NASCAR and like it but when you compare it to a sport like formula 1 it falls at every hurdle..Montoya has Failed in F1 in on of the best cars so he has moved to the us where he has a chance of winning a championship the us is the only place has a won anything.... When Montoya was in F1 he was consistanlys being penalised because he couldnt cope with the rules.. I also has how great Montoyas first race was.......(MIND THE WALL)
I like the way u think Dan seems like the yanks think they know everything , and if any form of sport is not played or invented by a yanks they dont recognise it . Dit u notice that all forms of sport either played or practised is always very simple . Never seen a nascar driver go to F1 and win mind you i dont recall a indy series driver winning a F1 championship either

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