Purple Bull has been left irritated that penalties have price Verstappen a race win, a pole place and a quickest lap level thus far this season.
The group’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko instructed after the Portuguese Grand Prix, when a large second for Verstappen noticed his quickest lap time deleted, that F1 wants to change its approach to coping with monitor limits.
Seven-time F1 winner Montoya says he joins followers in relishing the head-to-head contest between Hamilton and Verstappen this yr, however says issues are being overshadowed by the ever-present monitor limits debate.
Talking solely to Motorsport.TV Stay concerning the F1 title battle, Montoya mentioned: “I believe it is nice. I believe it is nice for TV to have, particularly two groups going at it.
“I believe F1 within the final couple years was lacking that slightly bit. Having the 2, Purple Bull and Mercedes, go at it like that, it has been a number of enjoyable.
“However I’d say it has been slightly too controversial with the monitor limits. I do know they’re attempting to make the tracks safer with runoffs and the whole lot, however it’s so laborious to manage, and [understand] why generally it is proper and [sometimes] it’s unsuitable.
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB16B
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“When it is a judgement name, it’s extremely troublesome. I do not envy the stewards of F1 coping with this.”
Montoya believes, nonetheless, that Purple Bull’s frustration at being on the receiving finish of the monitor restrict penalties is just making the group ever extra decided to beat Mercedes.
“I am excited as a result of I believe it is simply elevating the anger stage at Purple Bull,” he mentioned. “They actually wish to beat Mercedes actually, actually unhealthy, and that simply makes it cool to look at.
“You recognize, Marko isn’t a man with a number of persistence and I would not suppose Max is both, so in the event that they get an opportunity to go for it, they may.”
Nevertheless, Montoya believes that Hamilton’s expertise, allied to the form of luck he had at Imola when a purple flag saved him from being lapped after he ran off-track, will make him a troublesome prospect for Verstappen to beat.
“Take a look at Imola, he [Hamilton] made an enormous mistake, and went off the racetrack,” mentioned the Colombian.
“And he’s fortunate sufficient that they purple flag the race, he will get in the appropriate place, and he takes benefit of these alternatives and completed second.
“So how do you beat Lewis when you’ve that quantity of luck and expertise? It is vitally troublesome.”