With an iconic gift, Formula 1 celebrated the birthday of Juan Pablo Montoya

With an iconic gift, Formula 1 celebrated the birthday of Juan Pablo Montoya

The humiliating passing of Juan Pablo Montoya to Michael Schumacher with which Formula 1 celebrated the Colombian’s birthday. Picture: AFP.

On September 20, 1975, one of the athletes who would write one of the most successful chapters in the history of Colombian sport would come into the world. In the cold and noisy Bogotá, on a day like today, a character with speed in his veins and a natural talent for driving was born. Little by little, he made his way through the exclusive and difficult life of motorsport until his name became a constant in the most prestigious categories of motorsport. Today, the great Colombian driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, turns 47 and the sport remembered him in his time.

One of the messages that Juan Pablo received on his birthday came from the highest level of motorsport. Through its official social networks, the Formula 1 published a video to remember one of the best moments in Bogota, accompanied by a message that represents the mentality that the athlete reflected in his most competitive time.

The video showed one of the best passes made by Juan Pablo during his short stint in the Great Circus. It was at the 2001 Brazilian Grand Prix, the third race of the coffee grower in the competition. behind the wheel of BMWWilliamsMontoya dared to launch into the first corner of the circuit of interlagos on the inside line, trying to defeat the sport’s idol of the time, the German Michael Schumacher.

The aggressiveness and audacity of his attempt were such that the German ended up succumbing to the Colombian’s position and was relegated to second place. Juan Pablo, who had just taken his first steps in the category, was heading for a certain victory in this race, but unfortunately he will be crushed by Jose Verstappen (the father of Max Verstappen, world champion) who forced him to abandon the race.

Watch here the video with which Formula 1 remembers Juan Pablo Montoya on his birthday:

The overtaking with which F1 celebrated the birthday of Juan Pablo Montoya. Video: Formula 1.

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The message that accompanied the video showed that today the memory they have of the pilot is that of someone brave and with the courage to take risks. Even in several of the comments on the post, they still position him as the most aggressive rider they’ve seen on the track today:

Juan Pablo Montoya was never one to dodge a challenge: this powerful move by Michael Schumacher only came in his third F1 race 💪 No doubt the Colombian will attack his birthday the same way today. Congratulations, John Paul!

Also according to the official record of the Indianapolis Motor Speedwaythe famous circuit where Montoya was crowned with victory twice (2000 and 2015), recalled the special date of the rider and sent Juan Pablo a postcard that he will surely remember fondly:

It’s a big day for the two-time Indy500 champion! Happy birthday to the only Colombian driver to have won “The Greatest Show of Racing”

Finally, the McLaren team, with which he closed his last spell in Formula 1 and with which he also participated in IndyCar, also greeted him on his day, thanking him for the good times they had. been able to reap by working together.

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