Montoya black flagged in Montreal 12 Jun 2005
Juan Pablo Montoya came to Canada knowing that he was already in the FIAs bad books for what the governing body deemded a dangerous move during practice in Monaco - yet he left under the shadow of a black flag.
The FIA has made it clear that it intends to crack down hard on what it regards as being dangerous driving. Montoya was sent to the back of the grid in Monaco after the stewards decided that he had 'brake tested' Ralf Schumacher (slowing unexpectedly in front of him) during practice - causing an accident between Ralf, Coulthard and Villeneuve. Montoya strenuously denied responsibility for the crash, but both he and the McLaren team knew that any further transgressions would be dealt with severely.
Yet in Canada the controversy wasnt long in finding Montoya. After a strong start to the race he was quickly running in third position, behind the flying Renaults of Giancarlo Fisichella and Fernando Alonso - but in front of team mate Kimi Raikkonen. It stayed that way during the first round of pit stops thanks to some neat strategy by the McLaren team, with Raikkonen called in first - leaving Montoya to turn on the pace and emerge from his own stop with his advantage intact. As both Fisichella and Alonso retired, Montoya moved up the order and into the lead, looking set to take his first victory for McLaren.
It wasnt to be. After Jenson Button hit the wall on lap 46 the safety car was deployed to protect the recovery. Montoya went past the entrance to the pit lane without stopping - almost everybody else, including, crucially, Raikkonen, came in for what was effectively a 'free' pitstop.
He stopped on the following lap - but then, bizarrely, drove straight past the red light at the end of the pitlane which was protecting the safety car and the pack as they went past. He then entered a tussle with David Coulthard as he tried to force his way in front of the Red Bull Racing car to join the train behind Raikkonen.
The stewards were quick to investigate, and few in the paddock were surprised by their sanction - Montoya being black flagged. He drove in the following lap to retire before his visibly shocked mechanics.