Montoya Hits at Selfish F1 World
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To be more accurate, the former Williams and McLaren driver referred to the fact that most European fans of Formula 1, alongside many of the drivers, underestimate the level of difficulty encountered by drivers in the NASCAR series, arguing that driving in ovals doesn't require a whole lot of skill.
“The series is a lot higher than people think it is,” said Montoya, according to crash.net. “I think people here are underrated at our level against worldwide. I think maybe if you would get the numbers of how many people internationally are watching these [NASCAR] races not only in America but in Europe and Asia, you would shock yourself. I think they are pretty amazing.”
“People in F1 are very selfish – they think there is nothing better out there. You look from technology-wise, there's not, but [regarding] the actual racing, [NASCAR] is exciting. It's exciting to watch; it's exciting to be here.”
“When you hear about ovals and sometimes you watch them, the first time you watch it by yourself, 'oh yeah, it's a circle', but if you come and actually see how fast we're going in real life, they go, 'oh yeah, that's a lot faster than people think it is'.”
Montoya made his debut in stock car racing in 2006, shortly after ending his F1 tenure with McLaren Mercedes. His first race happened in the ARCA Series, after which he stepped into the Truck Series, Nationwide and finally the premier Sprint Cup Series.
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