Thursday June 14th, 2001
After finishing only one race all season and crashing out of the Canadian Grand Prix, Juan Pablo Montoya has been one of the less reliable members of the Williams team.
But team boss Frank Williams has spoken out to defend his wayward new driver from the criticism he has received, and encourage a little faith in Montoya's ability.
"The way I see Juan Pablo is that he is 25, it's his first season and he is under lots of pressure having come with a strong reputation from Champ Cars," Williams said.
"He needs to learn so much about the car, the tyres and how to get the best out of them and the team. He has to learn about everything. Juan Pablo just needs time.
"I would remind you about Mika Hakkinen who spent two years when he was at McLaren when if there was an accident he would find it. Just look at him now."
Montoya's only finish of the season was a second place at the Spanish Grand Prix back in May.