The Wise Juan
January 7, 2001 | 2:00 P.M. EST
Montoya, who won the 1999 CART Series championship as a rookie and posted 11 wins and 16 top-five finishes over 40 races, knows his move to F1 was one of the most talked about events of the 2000 season. But all that is over and now it’s time to ace, the Colombian said this week.
As Montoya prepares for his first F1 race, he looks at the season as a learning experience and is unconcerned about what other people will think about his performance. As a driver, he says, he can only do his best and let the rest happen on its own.
"I don't feel under any pressure to perform," Montoya said. "It was the same going to (CART) and replacing (Alex) Zanardi. Any pressure will come from me and not from anyone else."
After seeing CART-bred stars like Zanardi and Michael Andretti fail in Formula One, Montoya knows it won’t be easy.
"Of course, you want to win races all the time but I cant expect to go out in the first race and win," he said. "I will just do the best I can. If the best is fifth, then you have to accept that."