I was chatting to a colleague yesterday about Jacques Villeneuve’s recent comments that he wouldn’t be averse to an F1 comeback. We pretty much agreed however that if Robert Kubica was having trouble reaching a suitable weight to run KERS, JV could be similarly troubled.
“Why not divide F1 into weight categories?” he asked.
“The heavyweight F1 world championship” I quipped… which got us talking about Juan Pablo Montoya.
This weekend marks six years since Montoya won the Monaco Grand Prix for Williams. Indeed it was the Colombian who scored the last of Williams’ 113 F1 victories back in 2004, and I couldn’t help but feel that Formula 1 of today is slightly poorer without him. I just loved his personality, his honesty and his humour. More than anything, though, I think I loved the way he raced. Foot to the floor, balls to the wall, hard-ass racing. He was one of very few drivers who really took it to Michael Schumacher, and in any other era might well have been an F1 champion himself. Arguably, he should have been.
Here’s some of his best bits Vs Michael.
And the other side of Mr Montoya… fairly fruity language, and possibly the single greatest F1 quote of the last decade.
Oh, and just one more… a brilliant advert.