Date of Birth: 20 Sept 1975
Birthplace: Bogota, Colombia
Marital status: Married to Connie
Height: 168cm
Weight: 73kg

Wins: 1
Points Score: 81
Number of GP: 34
Pole Positions: 10
Podiums: 11
First GP: 2001 (Melbourne)
Best Result: Win
Current Team: BMW Williams F1

1995 : British Formula Vauxhall, 3rd
1996 : Formula 3 UK, 2 wins
1997 : Formula 3000, 2nd. Williams test driver
1998 : F3000 champion
1999 : CART (Chip Ganassi), champion with 212 points.
2000 : CART (Chip Ganassi), 9th with 126 points
2001 : Formula 1 (Williams), 6th with 31 points
2002 : Formula 1 (Williams), 3rd with 50 points


Juan Pablo Montoya began his racing career in kart racing back in 1981, taking the National Kart Championship in the children's division three years later. The Colombian continued in the series with the next few years, taking second place in 85 and the Championship in the local and national junior division in 86. From 87 to 89, Juan Pablo took several local and national titles in the Kart Komet category, before taking the Kart Junior world championships in 1990 and 1991.

In 1992 this very talented youngster took part in the USA Barber series as well as competing in Copa Formula Renault in his native Colombia, winning four times from five pole positions. The following year he took part in the National Tournament Swift GTI Championship, securing seven wins out of eight races and only missing out on one pole position. 1994 was a busy year with a class win in the Sudam 125 Karting championship, a third place in the USA Barber Saab Championship and three wins out of five races in the Formula N class Mexico, securing four pole positions along the way. His stunning performances didn't end there, this gifted Colombian taking third place in the British Formula Vauxhall Championship as well as the class win in the Bogota Six Hours in 1995.

Juan took the British Formula 3 championship the following year as well as a fourth place in the Zandvoort Marlboro Masters, a win in the Bogota Six Hours as well as taking part in the ITC Race at Silverstone for Mercedes. While driving for the Marko team in 1997, he came second in the Formula 3000 championship and this was the year he had his first taste of Formula One. Accepting the role of test driver, Williams quickly signed the young man, securing his future ride in F1.

He won the F3000 championship the following year while competing for Supernova, with a record points total of 65 points for the season. Frank Williams then organized a swap deal for the Colombian for the 1999 season, taking Alex Zanardi from the American CART series to compete alongside Ralf Schumacher in F1 while Juan took up the role in the Chip Ganassi team. Here he flourished, taking the CART title in his rookie year. He claimed 7 wins throughout the season as well as seven poles, becoming the youngest champion in the history of the sport.

Although Frank Williams wanted Montoya back for the 2000 season, Juan wanted to remain in the CART series for at least another season. With the Ganassi outfit switching to Toyota engines, it wasn't the season he had hoped for, however he did come 9th in the series with three wins and seven pole positions. He also won the Indianapolis 500 on his very first attempt.

Returning to Williams in 2001 to partner the younger Schumacher brother, Ralf, Juan Pablo saw his first Formula one victory at Monza. He secured several podium finishes and three pole positions throughout his debut season, causing quite a stir in the paddock with his aggressive driving style. The Colombian refused to back down from Michael Schumacher and his pass on the German in Brazil is still discussed today. A fiery confrontation with Jacques Villeneuve is also on his resume, however 2002 is a new year and one full of hope that he may see his first F1 world title.

Unfortunately, this didn't come to pass and although he notched up seven pole positions and gained the reputation of king of qualifying, he was unable to turn any of his front row spots into victories. Juan finished third overall in the drivers battle, behind the two Ferrari drivers and is now looking to 2003 as a fresh new challenge for championship honours.