Juan Pablo Montoya

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Template:F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya (born September 20, 1975) is a Colombian Formula One motor racing driver. He was born in Bogot where his father, Pablo, worked as an architect and raced karts in his free time. Montoya resides in the principality of Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Miami, Florida. He is married to Connie (nee Freydell), a native of Medelln, Colombia, with whom he has a child, Sebastian.

Montoya began racing karts in 1981 at the young age of six, and by age nine he won the Children's National Kart Championship. In 1986, he won the junior division of the National Championship. For the next three years, he won many local and national titles in the Kart Komet Division. Montoya capped off his spectacular karting career by winning the Kart Junior Championships in 1990 and 1991.

Montoya moved to the Copa Formula Renault Series in 1992. The same year, he also participated in a U.S. series operated by Skip Barber. 1993 saw Montoya switch to the Swift GTI Championship, a series he dominated by winning seven of eight races. The following year, 1994, was a very busy year for the 19-year-old Colombian, as it saw him race in three separate series: the Sudam 125 Karting, USA Barber Saab, and Formula N in Mexico (a series in which he won the title). As his success continued year after year, Montoya came to be known for his uncanny ability to win pole positions (as well as races), in some cases taking 80% of a season's poles.

For the next three years, Montoya raced in various divisions, continually progressing upward. He raced in the 1995 British Formula Vauxhall Championship, and he won the 1996 British Formula 3 crown, as well as taking part in events in Zandvoort, Netherlands and at Silverstone. In 1997, while driving in the Formula 3000 series, Montoya's manager, David Sears, brought Montoya to the attention of the Williams F1 team, which signed him to a multi-year testing contract.

The championships continued to roll in, as Montoya won the FIA International Formula 3000 Championship. The next year, Williams sent Montoya to America to compete in the 1999 CART tournament, where he won the championship his rookie season. He won seven races that year,secured seven pole positions, and at the age of 24, was the youngest driver to ever win the series. The following year, his team, Chip Ganassi Racing, struggled because they made the switch to Toyota engines, and he finished a disappointing ninth in the Campionship -- despite these struggles, he still won an amazing seven pole positions. He also claimed victory in the 2000 Indianapolis 500, the only year he participated in the event. He became the first driver (since Graham Hill in 1966) to win at Indy on his first attempt.


Formula 1 career

Montoya made his Formula One debut for the BMW-powered Williams team on March 4, 2001 at the Australian Grand Prix. Less than a month later, he shocked Michael Schumacher -- and the F1 world -- in Brazil by overtaking the World Champion on a daring move. Although Williams struggled with reliability that year, Montoya nevertheless won three pole positions, stood on several podiums, and claimed his maiden F1 victory at the 2001 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya

In 2002, Montoya had the best year of any driver -- except, of course, for Ferrari teammates Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, who dominated the season by winning 15 of 17 races. But Montoya's star shone brighter than the rest of the pack, as he claimed third place in the drivers championship. More noticeably, he won a breathtaking seven pole positions that year, despite Ferrari's dominance. In 2002, qualifying was still conducted using the former 12-lap format, and Montoya would repeatedly stun the paddock by snatching pole from the scarlet team on his last flying lap, often with minutes or seconds to spare.

In 2003, he added the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix on the famed street circuit to his victory list, as well as the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring. Montoya was a championship contender in one of the most closely contested campaigns in years, eventually finishing third behind Schumacher and (future teammate) Kimi Rikknen. His championship hopes remained alive until the penultimate round of the season at the 2003 USGP, where he collided with Barrichello and was penalized by the stewards, dashing any remaining championship hope; he reportedly refused to speak to the media afterward for several days.

2004 was a disappointing year for Montoya, as he struggled with a radically new front nose assembly and senior staff of the Williams team, not too keen of working with a driver that had already signed to drive with the competition for 2005. After early season promise faded, the Colombian was frequently left struggling to score points, but everything came together for him at the very last race for Williams when he won the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix, his fourth career victory in Formula One. Because the race at Interlagos marked Montoya's last race with Williams, he went out on a high note with the team.

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Montoya qualifying in the 2005 US GP.

He started driving for the McLaren team in 2005, but after only the first two Grand Prix, he injured his shoulder while in Spain, taking himself out of contention for the Grand Prix of Bahrain and the Grand Prix of Imola. The official reason given for the shoulder injury was that he had injured himself whilst playing tennis; it has been rumored by some that the cause may have actually been something else, possibly a motorcyle accident.

Formula 1 results

Championship qualifications

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Juan Pablo Montoya driving for the Williams Formula One team
  • 2001: 6th, 31 points, 1 win, 3 poles (Williams)
  • 2002: 3rd, 50 points, 0 wins, 7 poles (Williams)
  • 2003: 3rd, 82 points, 2 wins, 1 poles (Williams)
  • 2004: 5th, 58 points, 1 win, 0 poles (Williams)
  • 2005: 8th, 16 points, 0 wins, 0 poles (McLaren) (in progress)

Podiums and wins

External links

Constructors and drivers competing in the 2005 Formula One championship:
Ferrari BAR Renault Williams McLaren Sauber Red Bull Toyota Jordan Minardi
1 M Schumacher
2 Barrichello
3 Button
4 Sato
5 Alonso
6 Fisichella
7 Webber
8 Heidfeld
9 Rikknen
10 Montoya
11 Villeneuve
12 Massa
14 Coulthard
15 Klien
16 Trulli
17 R Schumacher
18 Monteiro
19 Karthikeyan
20 Friesacher
21 Albers
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