Juan Pablo Montoya (I miss the guy) again opened his mouth and spoke about F1, and of course about the Stepneygate and McLaren punishmen and about Fernando Alonso and Ron Dennis.
Montoya has his own experience with life under Ron Dennis. And he believes that there are similarities between his McLaren case and current problems between Fernando Alonso and Ron Dennis. And surprise surprise, guess whom he blames:
“Ron, outside the work environment, is a great guy. But he’s two different guys. The guy who I signed with and played golf with, he just didn’t exist in the office. He was just a different person, you wouldn’t even recognize him. He wants to control everything, and I think Fernando is (angry) about that because he is not used to someone controlling everything and did not like that Ron was like that. I think Ron is used to drivers who don’t say anything back. They are very quiet and very nice and do what everyone says, and I came along and he didn’t like that. Now I guess Fernando is the same way.”
He also revealed that he felt sorry for Alonso from the moment Lewis Hamilton was announced as his team mate:
“We immediately felt sorry for Fernando because Lewis is Ron’s baby. Ron paid his whole career, so Ron wants him to win and not Fernando. He would rather see Lewis win, who is like his own child to Ron. Fernando is nothing to him.”
JPM also has something to say about the spy scandal:
“It’s just how Formula One is. Teams are allowed to bend the rules too much. That’s just my personal opinion, but I always felt like people bent the rules and that some teams were allowed to bend the rules more than others. But this? This is crossing the line.”
He is not exactly siding with his former team, is he?
Then he brings some sort of new view of the Alonso de la Rosa email exchange:
“The crazy thing about the e-mails is they aren’t really that big of a deal because you can always find out what everybody else is running,somebody will always open their mouth.”
He also commented on de la Rosa’s working style:
“You go for dinner, and somebody will say ‘We are running this weight and doing that.’ So most of the time you can find out what people are running anyway. And de la Rosa was always like that. He would call people and tell them ‘We tried this, this and this, and this didn’t work.’ So he just sent e-mails that said ‘We need to try the weight distribution of Ferrari.’ But anybody could have found out those numbers without the documents.”
And of course his opinions would not be complete without a take on the McLaren punishment:
“I was surprised by the fine. It was a little high.But I gotta say, I was surprised that since they were taking points, they should have taken the driver points, as well. That is crazy, you know, because they took the constructor points but the drivers gained from the knowledge. So if you are going to do it, do it properly.”
I wonder whether he would be of the same opinion if he were still in one of the McLaren cars and with quite a shot at the title…
All the quotes from his interview for Associated Press