Another race, another finish for Monteiro! Tiago Monteiro had to face one of the greatest challenges of his career last weekend on the Riviera as the 3.340km Monaco layout, was to be covered a total of 78 times on board a not very well-balanced...
Another race, another finish for Monteiro!
Tiago Monteiro had to face one of the greatest challenges of his career last weekend on the Riviera as the 3.340km Monaco layout, was to be covered a total of 78 times on board a not very well-balanced contender. Opting for a one pit stop strategy, the Portuguese driver was forced to start the event on a high fuel load for the first stint, amking his job even harder.
He may not have been fast, recording the second slowest time of the event, but Tiago had a good clean race and crossed the finish line, for the 6th time in 6 races, an impressive statistics for a rookie, in 13th position.
"In spite of a good start, Montoya went past me in Sainte Devote, mainly because I could not overtake the Minardi's which were very slow right in front of me," explained Tiago.
More so however, his gamble to use hard Bridgestone tyres did not pay off as hoped by the Jordan Toyota team...
"We had grip problems much earlier than expected and the second part of the race was rather tough for us," revealed the Portuguese driver.
Tiago's goal then concentrated on getting his EJ15 to the finish line, hoping to benefit from some DNF's along the way. While these are generally numerous in Monaco, it wasn't the case this time out!
"My aim was to stay fully concentrated and not to make mistakes; the car was unstable and it was difficult to keep it on track and avoid the barriers. I finally had to use the traction control in its rain configuration. The safety car did not facilitate things because the tyres cooled down and lost their efficiency."
"I am glad to have been able to finish the race, for the team and the Portuguese people who came here to support me. It is now necessary for us to look forward to the next Grand Prix. We have a lot of work to do to improve our package and all the team will work hard to achieve its goals."