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No more excuses for McLaren - Montoya

No more excuses for McLaren - Montoya
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McLaren has run out of excuses for why the Woking based team has not won a championship since 1999.


That is the claim of Juan Pablo Montoya, who won three races in a silver single seater until he switched to the NASCAR scene last year.


"McLaren is under a lot of pressure now," the Colombian told the Spanish magazine Grand Prix, "because the drivers are new, the image is new; they have to get results."


Referring to Fernando Alonso, Montoya continued: "With a World Champion who has beaten Schumacher, they have run out of excuses."


The 31-year-old fell out famously with McLaren's boss, but Montoya thinks Spaniard Alonso 'will get on well' with Ron Dennis.


"The million dollar question is how the car and the engine will go," Montoya said.


Despite McLaren's fine form on the winter tracks, he thinks the Mercedes-powered team will be beaten by Ferrari and his old team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.


But he said: "Massa might have a very good start."
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This assumes that McLaren need or want excuses. Think what you like of Ron Dennis but he doesn't seem to me to be the kind of guy that excuses poor performance.

Ultimately F1 racing is a team sport and it is how the whole team of engineers, mechanics, drivers and sponsors gel that produces results. Certainly McLaren have made alot of changes on the sponsor and driver fronts. Time will tell how that works for them.

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i think they'll be fast but unreliable this year...my money's on massa...he's been constantly quicker than kimi in testing...
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