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Old 16th October 2006, 00:34   #1
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Much has been made of Montoya's exit from Formula 1. Add to that, his podium finish in his very first Nascar race. A lot of people question his commitment, regular mistakes and qualifying pace.

But the fact remains that we still debate about this south american chap long after his departure. That alone lends credibility to his character, whether good or bad, fair or unfair. It is quite clear that he added flair to the F1 series with his excitable style of driving (and mouthing off). So the question is....did he or did he not make for interesting viewing?
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Of course he made for interesting viewing...especially his second race where he overtook Schumacher extremely aggressively at Brazil.

Butttttttttttttt he lacked the consistency and discipline that make a long-term F1 driver.
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You might laugh, but once in a while, I used to be reminded of Senna by his aggression. Now in afterthought, it was probably just inexperience.
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Montoya was a misfit in F1. Read his recent gushing comments about stock car racing where he said 'its unbelievable - I overtook like 40 cars in one race!'

For the organized, boring, start-to-finish procession that F1 has become since the advent of heavy aerodynamics, Montoya was the unruly one trying to break rules.

He liked wheel to wheel racing - lets give him that. The fact that he was not successful was not because he wasnt good but because he was using the wrong techniques in the wrong sport.

I wish F1 had more daredevils.
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Lets face it Every F1 driver brings in different character to F1.
So yes every-single driver has been/will be good for sport.

Whether they were suited for F1 is another issue.

JPM came from background of Champ Car. He might have also been demotivated by closed nature of F1. (In champ-car there is more friendly environment between drivers)
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Personally I think F1 cars are so delicate and there is so much pressure and so much at stake, in the sense that one slight brush can put paid to all your hopes, that one has to be restrained in taking risks. In any case, at the speeds they touch, they are always on the edge of their nerves. So, daredevils would be hard to find, and the ones found, would promptly be labelled foolhardy.
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After his performance in his debut season, ofcourse he was good for the sport. Had he continued on in F1, maybe wouldn't have been so good.
Anyways, he became a fine example of how tough F1 can get and how a stupid manager can ruin your career.
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Add to that, his podium finish in his very first Nascar race.
Lets all be fully clear that it was an ARCA race....mostly for oldies and NASCAR retirees. The premier Nascar event is the Nextel Cup and then comes Busch series.
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Never was a championship contender even though it seemed so....he was one of the few drivers who never buckled under pressure when they saw all RED in their rear view mirrors...
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agressive for sure but lacked consistency both personally & mechanically. in F1 u should b aggressive but not a roughphian. F1 is not only about ***** but some brains too.
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