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New F1 doesn't excite Montoya

Wednesday 30th April 2014

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New F1 doesn't excite Montoya

New F1 doesn't excite Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya has revealed that he isn't a fan of Formula One nowadays and admitted that he couldn't watch more than five laps of the Chinese Grand Prix earlier this month.

"I watched the first five laps of the Chinese GP and then switched off. I did not find it exciting," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport in an exclusive interview.

"And I missed the noise [too]. Of course I do not know how the engines sound in real life, but I don't think it comes close to the screams of the high-revving V10s of my time. The IndyCar engines are not the loudest [either]. But you can live with it."

After spending seven years in NASCAR, the Colombian has returned to IndyCar this year, a series he believes is better than Formula One.

"IndyCar provides better racing and this has nothing to do with the rule changes in Formula One [for 2014]," the seven-time F1 race winner added.

"It is another way of going racing.

"F1 has always been very technical and as a driver you are dependent on the car.

"You can like it or not. I was in Formula One to have good time and always sat in good cars. The Williams, which I won in Brazil in 2004, is in my house. I have beautiful memories [of my time in F1].

"Do you think Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel have forgotten how to drive? No, it is just that those that are not in a Mercedes have bad cars."

Montoya has stated on a number of occasions that he doesn't like DRS, comparing it to giving Picasso Photoshop, but added that the system helps F1 to be more of a spectacle for spectators.

"As a racer I would not like it [DRS] because it makes overtaking too easy. You just have to get within a second of the man in front, press a button and then drive past," he explained.

"For the spectators, however, it is great. What do you want in sport? A good show. And DRS makes the show better, no question."

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