Former F1 driver and double Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya says that Vettel and Alonso are the best and most complete drivers in today’s Formula 1, and that drivers like Lewis Hamilton lose focus when things go wrong.
Montoya’s made his Formula 1 debut in 2001. in the BMW Williams and immediately impressed the world by overtaking then three-time world champion Michael Schumacher at the third race of the championship in Brazil, but retired from Formula 1 retired earlier than expected after ten races of the 2006. F1 season.
Colombian once again reminded everybody of the wealth of his talent by winning the Race of Champions in first attempt, but lost to Sebastian Vettel in Nation’s Cup duel.
“Vettel is probably one of the most complete guys, and also Fernando, I ran with him in my career,” said Montoya.
“I think those are the two best drivers overall.”
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“Lewis does a really good job but he’s in the best car. It’s very easy to think that a guy in the best car is the best driver.
“But the question is, if they were not in the best car how would they handle things.
“Fernando and Sebastian have endured that and I think they are the best.”
Ralf is quick, but not mentally strong as Michael
The seven-time F1 race winner also commented on his former team mate Ralf Schumacher from which he learned a lot, and his older brother Michael, well known for his exceptional mental strength.
“I learned a lot from Ralf, he was really fast,” said Montoya.
“But European drivers are mentally very weak, you can easily get into their head, which explains what we you’re seeing today what we’ve always seen in F1.”
“When things go their way, they’re really strong. When Lewis is winning, he’s unstoppable but if something goes wrong, they spiral down, it’s huge.
“If the cars’ were closer together I think you would see different people winning.”
“Michael was one of the few guys that was really strong. You could get in his head but he was strong.
“Ralf on the other hand was a guy who was nearly impossible to beat, but if you could beat him on his A day, you could get in his head.
“We all have our weaknesses, you just got to figure out which ones they are.”