Montoya: "Schumacher Will Not Have the Same Speed!"
Now, we all know the two have not been the best of friends back in the days when Montoya was still an F1 racer, so one can't expect some positive feedback from the 33-year-old NASCAR driver regarding this matter. While most of the people around F1 are positive of a successful F1 return for the 7-time world champion, Montoya begs to differ.
“Will he be faster than the (regular) Ferrari drivers? That would surprise me, but you never know,” Montoya was quoted as saying by the Bild newspaper. In addition, he also hinted that Ferrari will go over their head to make sure their former champion will not make a fool out of himself and provide him with the best machinery this season.
“I am sure they will be developing some new parts for his comeback in order to guarantee that he looks good,” added the former Williams-BMW and McLaren-Mercedes driver.
Although publicly against Schu's getting a testing session prior to his F1 return, FIA president Max Mosley expects only the best from the 40-year old German in Valencia, as he insisted the former Ferrarian “cannot drive slowly.”
However, when talking about his request to jump into the Ferrari F60 prior to the Friday practice in Valencia, Mosley was quite categorical: “If a 19-year-old driver such as Jaime Alguersuari may not test before his first race, then you can't make an exception for Michael Schumacher,” the 69-year old Brit was quoted as saying to Germany's Bild newspaper.