It was a trouble-free race for Tiago Monteiro in Malaysia, following a number of problems for the Portuguese driver's Midland F1 car earlier in the weekend. Tiago Monteiro. Photo by xpb.cc. Again the car had developed a transmission...
It was a trouble-free race for Tiago Monteiro in Malaysia, following a number of problems for the Portuguese driver's Midland F1 car earlier in the weekend.
Again the car had developed a transmission problem before the start of today's race and Monteiro had to do a manual start. In the very hot conditions, matters were not made easier by the fact Monteiro was still suffering from a bad back and pinched nerve.
"The start was worrying me because I had so many strong contenders behind me due to the engine penalty situation" Monteiro said. "They dashed around me. It was an interesting situation. I was comfortably in 17th position and as my back muscles warmed up I wasn't suffering too much from my back pain."
"The team had a good strategy, I came in for my first stop on lap 12 to put fresh tyres on. Going out, I got stuck behind some slower cars. I really felt I had the pace to get by them, but it was difficult because I was losing ground on the straight sections. But I lost up to thirty seconds and could no nothing."
"We completed an early second pitstop, which was another good decision, and I was able to put in some good laps. 13 laps before the end of the race, I was up in 15th and managed to make my way up to 13th by the end."
"It was a hard race because around 20 laps before the end, I felt the huge pain in my back again. Now although I am exhausted I'm happy to have finished the race and a second finish in the season."
"The Midland car showed that it is now quite reliable after all the problems this weekend. I would like to thank everyone in the team which has done such a good job. The team will continue to make some more improvements before returning to action at Melbourne's Albert Park street circuit for the Australian Grand Prix on April 2nd."
Overall, fourteen drivers finished the exciting race at the Malaysian circuit with Giancarlo Fisichella taking the win ahead of Fernando Alonso and third, Jenson Button (Lucky Strike Honda Racing F1 Team).