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Old 07-28-2003, 17:31   #1 (permalink)
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Montoya lines up McLaren switch?

McLaren have targeted Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya it was revealed by the BBC on Monday.

While Williams still have the 27-year-old under contract for one more season, it is believed by the BBC that McLaren will make a serious bid to lure him away when it is up.

While McLaren have yet to confirm Coulthard as their second driver for next season, alongside championship contender Kimi Raikkonen, it is thought unlikely that Frank Williams would allow Montoya to go before his contract ends.

Montoya, who has two victories to his name since he made his debut in 2001 including this season's Monaco Grand Prix and was third in the drivers standings last year, has been keen to see his salary increased as he is paid a lot less than German teammate Ralf Schumacher by Williams. A source close to Williams told the BBC it was "highly unlikely" Montoya would leave the team at the end of this year.

McLaren could face a battle with Toyota, who have also expressed an interest in signing Montoya when he becomes available. While McLaren chief Ron Dennis is good friends with fellow team owner Frank Williams, it has not stopped him from taking away his rival's prime sources of income before.

In the 1980s, he lured away one of Williams' biggest sponsors, the TAG Group, and a few years later persuaded engine supplier Honda to jump ship, leaving Williams struggling with customer engines for a season. However McLaren refused to comment publicly on the speculation surrounding their drivers line-up. "There is a lot of speculation about drivers in F1 and we are not in the business of commenting on it," said managing director Martin Whitmarsh. "When or if there's anything to say, we'll say it."
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Hate to say it but he'll be better than Coulthard if coulthard keeps going the way he is going now
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I'm sorry but Coulthard is the bridesmaid imo, for the years he has been the perfect number 2 but the time has come. Dennis hates to lose and if he can get Montoya they will be a very strong force....
Frank will be happy in one way as I'm sure he has a capable driver in his mind for half the $$$
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Old 07-29-2003, 21:09   #4 (permalink)
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Montoya is on much less salary than Ralf..

rumoured to be 4million...around a quater of Ralf's yearly income....

This would be the only reason I see Montoya moving, for much more money
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yeah, but would u do a jaques and comprimise and good package for money
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yeah, but would u do a jaques and comprimise and good package for money
Since when McLaren wasn't a good package??? They've done OK this year with last year's car.
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Old 07-29-2003, 23:19   #7 (permalink)
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hey dude, they aren't as good as williams package though... u should know though, i mean, judging by ur avatar, u drive a red car.
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just wait until the new McLaren comes on stream. heard it's bloody fast.
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just wait until the new McLaren comes on stream. heard it's bloody fast.
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hehe, its a heap of sh!t
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