Arrow McLaren SP driver Felix Rosenqvist, driver of the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet says he and team-mate Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet can learn a lot from two time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya who will return to the NTT IndyCar Series this year for the first time since 2017 when he competes in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 30.
Speaking Paddock Eye during Friday’s Media Day, Rosenqvist said that Juan Pablo Montoya who joined the team for last week’s test at WetherTech Raceway Laguna Seca got up to speed extremely quickly as the Colombian has driven the car before.
Montoya and former IndyCar Series driver, Oriol Servia were chosen to test the new IndyCar Series aero-kit in 2017, however, his recent test at Laguna Seca was the first time Montoya had tested the Aeroscreen.
Felix Rosenqvist who joined Arrow McLaren SP from Chip Ganassi Racing at the end of last season commented about having Juan Pablo Montoya on the team saying:
He already brought us a lot with test day we did in Laguna. He’s doing a lot of hard work with aero stuff like that. At the end of the day he was going for proper runs. His feedback was very accurate, pretty similar to mine and Pato’s. I felt like he gave something more because he had experience. He’s actually driven this car without the Aeroscreen. That experience means a lot for us to listen to and learn.
I think especially on the ovals, I’m really curious to hear what he can say. If there’s anything setup-wise he can advise us to go in a specific direction. That’s the fun thing with INDYCAR. Even if you have all the resources in the world, guys like Juan Pablo can still be the key to make a breakthrough on making the car faster because it’s just really back to basics.
Sometimes, yeah, you don’t need to look that far to go forward where you think you need to spend millions, like in Formula 1 for example, everything is about the money. INDYCAR you can actually go really quick with a small budget.
I think the hard thing in INDYCAR is to be quick every weekend, knowing track conditions, how is this track going to be different from that. Everyone can get it right every now and then. That’s a cool thing. It’s just about getting it right all the time.