Juan Pablo Montoya praised Fernando Alonso for his efforts to win the Triple crown of motorsport and believes that they are drivers who, unlike most other F1 drivers, are not afraid to try new things outside Formula 1.
Montoya was in F1 between 2001 and 2006, and the world of motorsport was delighted with his second race in Brazil when he passed Michael Schumacher and took the lead in the race.
In 2005 and 2006, Alonso won two championships and moved to McLaren where Montoya finished his F1 career in the middle of the 2006 season, following the deteriorating relationship with Ron Dennis and the loss of motivation for continuing in F1.
Alonso decided to race in Daytona 24h this year to be better prepared for 24h Le Mans, one of two races he’s missing in his race for Triple crown, along with 500 miles of Indianapolis.
“I think his chances are very, very good,” said Montoya.
“Honda gave him a very good engine and he had a great car. He just stopped because of the mechanical problem, but that is Indy.”
“But he is definitely capable of winning a Triple crown, but it’s not easy.”
“It’s true that I am closer than him,” Montoya said laughing as he had already won at 2003 Monaco GP and Indy 500 in 2000 and 2015.
“As far as I’m concerned, I do not know what to do with Le Mans. We’ll have to see what the rules will be and there’s a chance that Penske will race there in the future.”
Montoya – Alonso and I are not afraid to try new things
Montoya believes he and Alonso are not afraid drivers to try out other things outside the world of Formula 1.
“I think we are two drivers who are not afraid to try new things,” the former McLaren driver explained.
“I don’t see any other F1 drivers trying to do that. When you’re young and in formula one, you believe there is nothing beyond that.”
“I follow F1, but for me there has never been the most exciting level of competition.”