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  1. Mountain Dude

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    McLaren sign Montoya for 2005

    TSN.ca Staff

    11/17/2003

    The 2004 season hasn't even begun but McLaren are already making plans for 2005.

    The Woking-based team has confirmed the speculation which has reigned for most of the last half of the season, that they have signed Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya to drive for them in 2005.

    "I am thrilled to be joining West McLaren Mercedes," said Montoya. "The team is consistently a strong World Championship contender and has a fantastic heritage. It's a great opportunity for me and I'm really looking forward to the first time I will be able to drive one of their cars. To join them is an amazing challenge and experience which I plan to fully enjoy."

    McLaren says it will finalize it's driver lineup at a later date but its safe to assume that Montoya will partner Kimi Raikkonen, who has become a championship contender in two seasons with the team.

    "The opportunity to sign a talent like Juan Pablo was too good to miss, and there is already a considerable amount of anticipation within our team about 2005."

    The decision means 2004 will likely be the last for David Coulthard at McLaren, an association that has lasted nine seasons.

    Montoya, a former F3000 and CART champion, has three wins in 50 career starts with Williams. This past season, he was challenging Michael Schumacher and Raikkonen for the championship before a disastrous race at Indianapolis effectively ended his title hopes.

    A BMW-Williams spokesperson downplayed speculation that Montoya would try and get out of his final year with the team by sitting out the upcoming season.

    "Frank is not going to add any comment," spokesman Liam Clogger said. "t simply represents confirmation of speculation that has been around for a while. There is no detail we can offer beyond that."

    At BMW-Williams, Montoya is paid considerably less than teammate Ralf Schumacher. This past season, the Colombian reportedly earned $2.5-million while Schumacher took hom $12-million. The German has reportedly agreed to a contract extension beyond 2004 which will pay him less in base salary but with incentives, could earn more than this past year.

    Moving forward many did not expect Williams would be able to retain both drivers, considering Montoya would be seeking financial compensation in line with his teammate

    Source - http://www.tsn.ca/auto_racing/news_story.asp?id=60849
     
  2. psykosis

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    :cool: I like Juan Pablo Montoya but id rather see him on the ferrari team :o

    maybe it will be fun to see them really race against each other though
     
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    McLaren knows what kind of driver they have, they made a good move :cool:
     
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    I'd like to see it, actually. It would put proven to the argument of whether it's JV or his car all the time, and see if he still has what it takes. ;)


    This rumor has been going around for a while. I'm sad to see him leave Williams, but I guess it'll make McLaren a much stronger team. The problem is, now who do I pull for? BMW-Williams, or Mercedes?? :mad:
     
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    So who is Williams going to fill that spot with? Webber? Alonso? Williams? Its kinda a poorly managed team sometimes, how are they possibly paying Ralf more then Juan?
     
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    They need to fucking drop Ralf
     
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    Juan got screwed on his initial contract if i remember correctly, so he's been getting paid peanuts the whole time. I imagine that may have a lot to do with it.
     
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    I could have met the Renault team this year but we found out to late that we were going so we lost the chance, could have gone into the pits and shit, would have been awesome. I think it would be really cool to meet those guys.
     
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