Debate: Schumacher vs Montoya vs Villeneuve

Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya, Montreal, 2001Three of F1’s most well-known drivers left the sport last year – Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve.

But if you could bring one of them back, which one would you pick – the multiple champion, the irrepressible firebrand or the fallen hero?

The argument for bringing Schumacher back is simple – he’s the most successful Grand Prix driver ever and in his scintillating final race at Interlagos last year he proved he had lost none of his verve.

So much of Jacques Villeneuve’s career was wasted at BAR that it’s hard to remember his golden days of 1996/7 – but I’d have that earlier Villeneuve back in a flash.

My number one choice would be Juan Pablo Montoya. He quit too soon, and I genuinely believe that future generations of F1 cars without traction control and, hopefully soon, less downforce, would reward his aggressive style. Plus, he was a sublime overtaker, and utterly unpredictable.

Which of the three would you like to see return?

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18 comments on Debate: Schumacher vs Montoya vs Villeneuve

  1. Miguel Angel said on 28th September 2009, 15:43

    I think that JPM was the man. MS Is the ‘King’ if you thing about his Records, also a good option; Jacques.. hummm.. I dont think so.
    I remember the time when in the track were. Kimmi, Michael, Juan Pablo and Fernando.
    Really Cool, But Now, the F1 is in another Generation.

    So Sad. Im From Bogota (Same city than JPM), And now im boring when I look at him sometimes in NASCAR.

    Miguel Angel

  2. nobody said on 21st May 2010, 7:40

    Montoya hands down.

  3. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 17th May 2011, 12:06

    Isn’t it ironic to look through old articles? :)

    Something tells me that if Schumi returns, he won’t be as good, Villenueve looks like he could be a team owner instead of a driver, as for JPM? Well I never liked him much, so I don’t care, but I’d like to see him race against someone like Raikkonen in NASCAR… That’d be quite interesting

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