Montoya aims to extend McLaren's revival

Two years ago Juan Pablo Montoya rampaged round Hockenheim like a Colombian bull, winning by a country mile for BMW-Williams. It was the sort of performance that we have rarely seen since until the British Grand Prix at Silverstone brought his long awaited maiden win for McLaren.

The 29-year-old admits that was something of a relief from the torment that has afflicted him for much of the season as he rode a riptide of bad luck from "tennis" injuries to team snafus to car failures. "We made progress during testing in Jerez," Montoya said yesterday, "and we were strong in the last race. It was nice to get a win for McLaren at Silverstone, it would be nice get one here for Mercedes."

Montoya's win was long overdue and it may prove to have been timely. The two engine failures that his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen suffered during practice for the French and British grands prix have hurt his title aspirations, and it may not be long before Montoya is asked to assist his partner's quest by subsuming his own aspirations.

Hockenheim has traditionally been a bogey circuit for Raikkonen. He has not finished in the German Grand Prix in the past four seasons, despite setting a new lap record for McLaren last year. At a time when he needs all the reliability that McLaren and Mercedes can muster, so that he can start races without the ridiculous artificial penalty of a 10 grid place deficit imposed because of mechanical failure beyond his personal control, the Finn can be forgiven for feeling hard done by.

Norbert Haug, Mercedes-Benz's motor sport director, has admitted that the faults lie with his company. "But they were different in France and Britain and we had never encountered them before. A bearing failed in Magny-Cours, then the shaft connecting the oil and water pumps failed in Silverstone. We are all revving our engines very high, so everything is very close to the limit, but our reliability was good in testing."

Raikkonen, doubtless hoping that this time the effort will be reciprocal, pledged: "I will give it my all to please the many Mercedes employees and fans."

Montoya also said he would not be attending the drivers' overdue meeting with Max Mosley, the president of the sport's governing body, the FIA, but his former team-mate Ralf Schumacher said there was no need for everyone to go. "It doesn't need all of us to meet Max," Schumacher said. "We've agreed what we want to talk about, the standards of safety during testing. We want the same as we have at the races."

l Jordan confirmed yesterday that the Danish driver Nicolas Kiesa will be their third driver in practice today, following Robert Doornbos' move to Minardi.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own