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Juan Montaya

Team Williams
Date of Birth 20 September 1975
Nationality Colombian
Car Number 17
Marital Status Single
Personal Profile  

After the hype surrounding his signing to the Williams team, Juan Pablo Montoya must expect to come under scrutiny in 2001. The 25-year-old Colombian has some Formula1 experience under his belt, but only as a test driver for Williams in 1997, and his most recent learning curve has taken place in CART, where he won the Championship at his first attempt in 1999.

With the less than successful transfer to Formula1 of double CART champion, Alex Zanardi, still a vivid memory, Montoya will be watched closely by all for any sign of a flaw. However, there is no denying that the Colombian has more than his fair share of natural talent and is a quick and smooth driver, but he has become accustomed to the more aggressive ChampCar and may find the nervous Formula1 machine a bigger challenge.

Team mate, Ralf Schumacher, is also determined to prevent his top status within the Grove based team being usurped. However, the Colombian has proved quick in winter testing, and has gone faster than Schumacher already. Ultimately Monotya had been tipped to be a potential rival for Michael Schumacher, and he already looks like developing into a promising Formula1 driver.

Career Highlights
2001 Full time Formula1 drive with Williams.
2000 Competes in CART championship for the Chip Ganassi team, with less success than the previous year. 3 victories and 6 pole positions. Wins the Indianapolis 500 at his first attempt.

CART FedEX Series Champion. 7 wins and 7 pole positions. He is the youngest ever champion and takes victory on his first attempt.


FIA International F3000 Champion.


Runner up in FIA F3000 Championship. Williams test driver.


Marlboro Masters, Zandvoort - 4th place. British Formula 3 - 2 wins. Won the Bogota 6 hour race. Invited to race in the Silverstone ITC by Mercedes Benz.


British Formula Vauxhall Championship - 3rd place. Bogota 6 hour race - Class winner.

1994 Karting - Sudam 125 - Winner of class. Barber Saab Championship, USA - 3rd place overall. Prototype Class, Mexico - Pole position and track record. Formula N Class, Mexico - 3 wins out of 5 races. 4 poles.
1993 National Championship Tournamnet Swift GTI - 7 wins out of 8 races, 7 poles.
1992 Attended the Skip Barber course in the USA Copa Formula Renault, Columbia.
1991 World Karting Junior Cup, Laval, France.
1990 World Karting Junior Cup, Lonato, Italy.
1987 - 89 Karting - Komet Division, where he obtained several titles in local and national junior division
1986 Karting - Winner of the local and national junior Championship.
1985 Karting - Runner-up of the children's division.
1984 Karting - National Champion of children's division

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