Juan Pablo Montoya’s attention span for F1 lasts just 5 laps

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First, Juan Pablo Montoya made rather controversial comments about Formula One’s equally controversial Drag Reduction System, comparing it to “giving Picasso PhotoShop.”

JPM is back at it again, indicating that IndyCar racing is better and has greater parity than his old stomping grounds in F1, which he believes Mercedes will dominate for the remainder of this season.

“This has nothing to do with the rule changes in F1,” Montoya told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. “Formula 1 has always been very technical.

“As a driver you are so dependent on the car. Do you really think (Fernando) Alonso and (Sebastian) Vettel have forgotten how to drive? It’s just bad luck for everyone who is not in a Mercedes.

“And that’s not going to change much this year.”

Watching the recent Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai was a short and not-so-sweet experience for the 38-year-old Colombian, who quickly got bored with what he saw.

“I watched for five laps and then switched it off,” said Montoya, a winner of seven F1 races.

What made it less than exciting for him, Montoya said, was a complaint echoed by countless fans worldwide: F1 no longer has the high-revving and loud engines that fans and drivers alike both love.

Montoya, winner of the 2000 Indianapolis 500, is now in his third different motorsports series in less than a decade. After spending over five seasons in F1 before leaving well into the 2006 season, he segued to NASCAR for the following seven seasons before returning to IndyCar for 2014.

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Here’s who were picking to win the Indy 500 — who are YOU picking?

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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?

Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!

Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden

Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.

Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)

Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.

Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.

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