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Montoya Praises Electronic Aids

Thursday June 7th, 2001

Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya has voiced his continued support for traction and launch control, despite their less than impressive re-introduction into Formula One.

Colombian Montoya said he is confident using the electronic driver aids on his BMW-Williams, despite seeing rivals stall several time on grids since it came back at the Spanish Grand Prix in April.

"The credit of it is still there," said Montoya. "The reaction time of pressing the button, whatever you have to do, it's up to you, isn't it? And what the traction control can do is make you one tenth quicker, now if the reaction times are a bit slow that time is discounted. It takes some pressure off.

"At the start you know you can lose a lot, but with this you know there is more chance that you're actually going to get a decent start."

Montoya seems to have quickly mastered the use of traction control as he has made impressive starts in the Spanish and Austrian Grands Prix and looked good in Monaco until an early crash forced him out.

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