Turkey: Another new challenge for best F1 rookie Tiago Monteiro Another small piece of Formula One history will be made this coming weekend when Turkey becomes the 26th country to host an official round of the world championship. Tiago...
Turkey: Another new challenge for best F1 rookie Tiago Monteiro
Another small piece of Formula One history will be made this coming weekend when Turkey becomes the 26th country to host an official round of the world championship.
The circuit located in the Asian part of the country, will be a new exciting challenge for the F1 drivers, who will soon discover another new layout conceived by Hermann Tilke, architect and project leader of other circuits on the calendar such as Sepang, Sakhir and Shanghai.
"It is a new challenge which I await with enthusiasm," said a delighted Tiago Monteiro. "Nobody has lapped this circuit yet and it will be therefore be a new discovery for everyone, not just the rookies."
"The challenges presented by the Istanbul circuit will be numerous, to start with its anti-clockwise direction, but also its uneven and very high temperatures," analysed the Jordan Toyota driver, who has already put his talents to the test in order to learn the 5.3 kilometre long circuit.
"I have carried out many laps of the circuit... on the PlayStation2!" he smiled," but on board the Jordan Toyota it will be another story. We already know that it is a complex circuit, including 13 corners and 4 straights where it will not be very easy to pass a rival."
"The work of the 3rd driver will be even more important this weekend because we won't have a lot of time to find the best set up and carry out the best tyre choice on the basis of a blank sheet."
Tiago's first objective in Istanbul will be to continue his 2005 tradition and see the chequered flag for the 14th time this season, while continuing to help the team progress. Tiago will be ready to take advantage of the smallest opportunity, and is hoping that he will be saved from the battles which ruined his last two races.
"I hope to have a little more chance with my rivals than I did in the last two rounds where I was hit twice, forcing me into the pits for extra unscheduled stops, which is always a big waste of time"
The compliments recently given to Tiago from Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello, about his talent at developing a single-seater and getting the best out of it, reinforce the reputation which Monteiro is enjoying in the F1 paddock.
To date the Portuguese driver has secured six points since the beginning of the season, (14th in the drivers classification) and his record of race finishes makes it a remarkable season: Forix.com classifies him on the 19th row with 400.2 points, in front of the others rookies Albers (22nd, 313.1 points), Karthikeyan (23rd, 305.6 points), Friesacher and Doornbos, while in Brazil, the jury of Grande Premio has him in 17th place out of the 26 pilots currently in F1.