Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Juan Pablo Montoya made no secret of his disappointment following qualifying for the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday after finishing third behind Penske teammates Will Power and Simon Pagenaud.
Montoya enters the weekend in Toronto with a lead of 35 points over Power at the top of the drivers’ championship, but toiled to third place on the grid despite finishing fastest in practice on Friday and in the second stage of qualifying on Saturday.
Speaking after the session, Montoya admitted to NBCSN that a more conservative strategy would have been a better route to take after finishing two-tenths of a second behind Power.
In a separate interview, the Colombian driver said that he had made some minor mistakes in the final part of qualifying, costing him dearly in the fight for pole.
“It’s okay,” Montoya said. “We’ve been doing a good job. Today I made too many mistakes at the end.
“Thought I had a really good car, didn’t put a good lap together when it counted. Still qualified third, so I’m happy with that.”
The Honda Indy Toronto is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 3pm ET on Sunday.