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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 13:05 GMT 14:05 UK
McLaren boss rues Montoya error
Juan Pablo Montoya
McLaren's hopes of preventing Fernando Alonso scoring a raft of points in Germany suffered a blow when Juan Pablo Montoya crashed out in qualifying.

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen took pole, but the team need Montoya to beat the Renault driver as well if Raikkonen is to overhaul his 26-point deficit.

"He made a mistake. He only had one corner to go - all he had to do is get round it," team boss Ron Dennis said.

Montoya said: "I just lost it. But I think we can get a podium easily here."

And the Colombian defended his error, which came at a time when he knew he had a strong chance of nicking pole position from Raikkonen.

"Why do I want to nail second if I can be first?" said Montoya, 29.

I can rescue the points but I'm not interested in the points - I just want to win races
Juan Pablo Montoya

"Am I here to finish second or am I here to try to win races and win championships? I think I'm here to win races and championships.

"I made a mistake trying but that what's we're here for and if they're looking for somebody to be second then they need to look for a different driver.

"I think they hired me because they want me to win."

Dennis has demanded one-two race finishes for the rest of the season if his team are to become world champions.

Raikkonen secured pole position - his third this year - for Sunday's German Grand Prix with the fastest lap in qualifying on Saturday.

The Finn clocked one minute 14.320 seconds but saw his efforts to catch championship leader Fernando Alonso, who is 26 points ahead in the title race, dented when team-mate Montoya spun out of control.

The result leaves Montoya at the back of the grid, unable to support Raikonnen who will have to go head-to-head with third-placed Alonso on his own.

Dennis was clearly unimpressed with Montoya's perfomance, adding: "He just lifted a little bit and lost the back end and paid the consequences.

"Fortunately it's a circuit you can overtake on and we'll change the engine and look at our refuelling strategy. He can still have a points finish."

But the Colombian seemed less worried about Sunday's race.

"We've got such a good pace, I can rescue the points," said Montoya.

"But I'm not interested in the points; I just want to win races."


SEE ALSO
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