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Monday, May 19, 2008

Montoya: Busch beware

Former F1 and current NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya has warned Kyle Busch not to get too excited about the possibility of an F1 run, F1-Live.com reports.

Pointing out the difference between a demonstration and a full-blown test, Montoya recalled the months of training he put in prior to his first F1 test. At the time, he was racing F3000.

The Colombian said he had special equipment attached to his bed to strengthen his neck. Although he got to the point where he could actually move the bed with his neck, he still found more than five laps impossible.

JPM also made reference to the publicity event in 2003 where he and Jeff Gordon swapped rides in Indianapolis. Montoya said he had to convince Williams not to detune the car for Gordon.

Gordon impressed with his demonstration runs, Montoya said, but it was by no means a real F1 test.

Montoya said it would be impossible for a driver to immediately make the leap from the oval-based series to a “proper” test.

DC: Webber’s comments a negotiation tactic

Mark Webber was quoted at the Turkish Grand Prix as being “massively keen” on staying with the Red Bull squad.

David Coulthard used his ITV column to call his teammate’s comments a “positioning tactic” to either spur on talks with the team, or alert the rest of the paddock that he is available.

“When you think about it logically, you do your private negotiations in private and then when you’ve reached an agreement you make an announcement. You don’t normally say, ‘Er, I’m about to enter negotiations…’”

Coulthard said he isn’t interested in making negotiations over his own future public.

“As far as my own situation goes, I will keep my own counsel until I have a firm deal to announce.”

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has been pleased with Webber’s performance so far this season, ITV reports, saying the Australian is “in the form of his life.”

Horner added he was happy to see Coulthard’s luck change in Istanbul, noting he needs both drivers to score points if Red Bull are to be the fourth best in the championship.

Read DC's column here.

Renault and Red Bull have passed Toyota, Trulli says

Jarno Trulli feels Renault and Red Bull have made a significant step forward, erasing Toyota’s early season edge.

In an interview with SpeedTV.com, the Italian said it is an example of just how tight things are in the midfield this season.

Trulli said Toyota needs to build a quicker car, nevertheless, he said he is driving better than ever and his level of commitment has not wavered.

A former winner in Monaco, Trulli said this year’s race will be difficult and unpredictable, due largely to the absence of traction control.

Schumacher on...and off...bikes again

Marcel Niederhausen... er... make that Michael Schumacher, is racing motorcycles again.

The seven-time world champion, racing under a pseudonym, competed in two races at Oschersleben in the IDM Superbike series.

Schumacher finished 28th in the first race, but crashed out of the second. He was running 21st at the time.

The race was a one-off, he said. There is no word on if -- or when -- he might make another two-wheeled appearance. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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