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Montoya to return for McLaren in Spain 04 May 2005

Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) McLaren on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race Day, Sepang, Malaysia, 20 March 2005

Juan Pablo Montoya will make his race return for McLaren in Spain this weekend after missing the last two rounds due to injury.

Montoya was absent from the grid in Bahrain and San Marino after fracturing his shoulder blade while playing tennis. He has now been given the all clear to return to the cockpit following medical tests in Madrid and at McLaren’s headquarters in Woking.

"I'm obviously extremely pleased to get back behind the wheel again,” said the Colombian, who has become a father during his absence. “It's been so frustrating for me to be a spectator and I'm looking forward to the weekend.

“The Barcelona track is physically demanding because of all the fast corners but I have undergone an extensive rehabilitation programme to build up the muscles in my shoulder so I will be well prepared.”

"We are pleased to have Juan Pablo back and look forward to a competitive weekend,” added McLaren Formula One CEO, Martin Whitmarsh. “His injury has healed well and he has been able to train the muscles in his shoulder over the past weeks and I know he just can't wait to drive.”

Montoya was replaced in Bahrain by Pedro de la Rosa and then in San Marino by Alexander Wurz. De la Rosa will be responsible for third driver duties at his home race in Barcelona.