Although Tiago Monteiro had to begin the British Grand Prix from the back of the grid due to an unscheduled engine change on Friday morning, he had a great start and managed to overtake the two Minardis. He then had a rather uneventful race, ...
Although Tiago Monteiro had to begin the British Grand Prix from the back of the grid due to an unscheduled engine change on Friday morning, he had a great start and managed to overtake the two Minardis. He then had a rather uneventful race, stopping for fuel twice and crossing the finish line in 17th position, further improving an incredible record of 11th consecutive finishes for a rookie.
Teammate, Narain Karthikeyan, who started in 17th position, also had an excellent start Unfortunately, he retired on lap 11 due to an electrical failure, which the team is still investigating.
Tiago Monteiro: 17th
"It was a good race for me again.I think we chose the right strategy: we were quite heavy at the beginning and planned on having two stops. I had a great start, passed a few cars and followed Narain as closely as possible in order not to let him get too far ahead. Unfortunately Narain experienced some problems and I was racing alone for a long time."
"Then, halfway through the race, I was told on the radio that Sato was still behind me. So I was really pushing like crazy to stay away but he was just to quick. There was nothing I could have done. Everybody was very reliable for this race therefore it was very hard for me to finish in a higher position. I have now finished 11 races out of 11. It will be hard for the next rookies to beat this record."
Narain Karthikeyan: retired
"I had a very good start and overtook Massa but unfortunately he was able to repass me at Becketts. However, I had a very good pace and I managed to run with the pack of Massa, Coulthard and Heidfeld. Unfortunately, shortly after, the car stopped apparently because of an electrical failure."
"It is very frustrating, as it is the second weekend in a row that I am experiencing some problems with my car, although I managed to finish the race in Magny-Cours. It is really a pity as I was going very well all weekend."
Adrian Burgess, Sporting director:
"Poor Narain, again he did not have any luck in the race. As always, he was doing a fantastic job keeping up with Massa, until we had an electrical failure, which shut the engine off and forced him to retire the car."
"Tiago was on a different strategy as a result of an engine change earlier in the weekend. He had a great race and was able to bring the car home, for the 11t h race in succession. We are now looking forward to the next race and will try to work harder and give the boys better equipment."
Jordan Grand Prix will be testing at the Circuit Paul Ricard on Thursday 14 July with Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro taking over on Friday 15 July.