Better race pace for Tiago at Monza
Tiago Monteiro encountered brake problems during the Italian Grand Prix and on grounds of safety the team retired him on lap 43.
Tiago Monteiro: "Monza wasn't the perfect weekend but I'm taking the positive away from this weekend. My race pace was much better than I expected and I had a good start. It wasn't easy though, and I could feel hat we were still lacking in straight-line speed. I made up a position at the start and passed my team mate as he missed the apex on turn 2. I was then running in 17th place ahead of Takuma Sato and Christijian Albers."
"It was going well until my brakes developed a problem and I was having real trouble slowing the car down for the chicanes. I was on a two stop strategy, coming into the pits on lap 28 and lap 40. Then I made an unplanned trip to the pits on lap 43 when I had to retire on safety grounds. I just didn't have any brakes left and it was getting really dangerous to keep going."
"There was also big news for our team as Midland Group chairman Alex Shnaider sold the team to Spyker, a strong group of investors headed by Victor Muller and Michiel Mol. I want to thank Alex Schnaider for supporting my career in F1 and welcome to the new investors. I'm certain that with them we'll see our team go from strength to strength and I'll continue doing my absolute best to finish off this season on a high."