Montoya Sidelined For Bahrain
March 30, 2005 | 9:03 A.M. EST
"I’m obviously disappointed not to be able to race this coming weekend. However driving a Formula One car is hard work and it would be impossible to do with my injury and whilst it’s difficult, we have to follow the advice from the medical experts," Montoya said.
Montoya was playing tennis with his personal trainer in Madrid, Spain, on Saturday morning, March 26, when he slipped and fell, sustaining a minor hairline fracture to his left scapula or shoulder blade.
Following a number of tests, scans and an examination by one of McLaren’s medical consultants, the team has been advised that Montoya should rest to allow for the injury to heal. Further scans will take place in two weeks time to verify the healing process, but at this stage the team fully expects him to be able to compete in the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola on April 24.
West McLaren Mercedes’ nominated test driver for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Pedro de la Rosa will race the MP4-20 in Montoya’s place. The team’s other test driver Alexander Wurz will pilot the third car during Friday’s two practice sessions.
"I’m looking forward to the challenge of racing in Bahrain and will do my best," de la Rosa said. "It will be a new experience as I have not competed in Bahrain before."
De la Rosa has undertaken 2168 kilometers of testing with the MP4-20 since late January while Wurz has been focusing on Michelin tire development with the MP4-19B. Subsequently after a discussion between the team and Wurz, it was decided that on this particular occasion de la Rosa was better equipped to race at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
However, following the Bahrain Grand Prix, Wurz will commence his testing program with the MP4-20, and will be able to share the test driver duties with de la Rosa at future races.