But the silver-clad star, who disappointed on return from injury at Barcelona a fortnight ago, quietly admitted to not feeling totally at home under hard braking around the Principality.
'F1 CEO' Martin Whitmarsh agreed after Thursday practice: "It's taking a bit too long to bring the brakes (up) to the temperature we want."
Nevertheless, Montoya - the 29-year-old Colombian - predicted a battle for victory come grand prix Sunday.
"The Renault looks pretty good too," he asserted, "so now it is a question of where are we going to be in qualifying." -GMM