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Juan Pablo Montoya’s attention span for F1 lasts just 5 laps

Apr 30, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

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First, Juan Pablo Montoya made rather controversial comments about Formula One’s equally controversial Drag Reduction System, comparing it to “giving Picasso PhotoShop.”

JPM is back at it again, indicating that IndyCar racing is better and has greater parity than his old stomping grounds in F1, which he believes Mercedes will dominate for the remainder of this season.

“This has nothing to do with the rule changes in F1,” Montoya told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. “Formula 1 has always been very technical.

“As a driver you are so dependent on the car. Do you really think (Fernando) Alonso and (Sebastian) Vettel have forgotten how to drive? It’s just bad luck for everyone who is not in a Mercedes.

“And that’s not going to change much this year.”

Watching the recent Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai was a short and not-so-sweet experience for the 38-year-old Colombian, who quickly got bored with what he saw.

“I watched for five laps and then switched it off,” said Montoya, a winner of seven F1 races.

What made it less than exciting for him, Montoya said, was a complaint echoed by countless fans worldwide: F1 no longer has the high-revving and loud engines that fans and drivers alike both love.

Montoya, winner of the 2000 Indianapolis 500, is now in his third different motorsports series in less than a decade. After spending over five seasons in F1 before leaving well into the 2006 season, he segued to NASCAR for the following seven seasons before returning to IndyCar for 2014.

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  1. techmeister1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Aside from the inflammatory story title… Montoya is correct the F1 is all about technology and that’s precisely what it’s suppose to be. When you have relatively equal cars as we’ve had up until the new formula in ’14, the racing was pretty darn good other than with Red B.S. Racing constantly cheating, forgetting to tighten the wheel nuts on Webber’s car, etc.

    Indycar tech is a long ways from F1 and the driver is perhaps a little more significant but not all that much so. It still takes a competitive car and proper set-up.

  2. hkfan5 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Of course F1 is technical. That’s why they have a Drivers Championship AND a Constructors Championship.

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