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Juan Pablo Montoya

Montoya on track limits controversy in F1 title battle

The first three races of the F1 season have seen controversy over track limits, with a transgression in Bahrain costing Max Verstappen the lead of the race of Sir Lewis Hamilton. Former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya has said the debate is overshadowing the racing.

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Red Bull have lost out several times at the start of the 2021 F1 season to track limits, with penalties costing the team a potential win in Bahrain, pole position at Imola and a fastest lap point in Portugal.

The team's advisor Helmut Marko said after last weekend's race in Portugal, when Max Verstappen lost out on fastest lap after running wide, that F1 needs to amend its approach to dealing with track limits.

Former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya has said while the battle between Verstappen and Sir Lewis Hamilton is good for the sport, the debate over track limits is becoming "too controversial", he told Motorsport.tv.

""I think it's great. I think it's great for TV to have, especially two teams going at it. I think F1 in the last couple years was missing that a little bit. Having the two, Red Bull and Mercedes, go at it like that, it's been a lot of fun," he said.

"But I would say it's been a little too controversial with the track limits. I know they're trying to make the tracks safer with runoffs and everything, but it's so hard to control, and [understand] why sometimes it's right and [sometimes] it is wrong.

"When it's a judgement call, it's very difficult. I don't envy the stewards of F1 dealing with this."

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