Tiago Monteiro is the sole Portuguese representative in Macau GP French F3 Runner-Up wants win
The Macau Grand Prix continues to be a great breeding pool for future champions, with many of the victorious Guia winners catapulted to the Great Circus of Formula One. Such examples are: Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Jenson Button. During the weekend, many international team talent catchers are sent out to carefully analyze the performance of the young drivers participating for a future recruiting in the many diverse motosports.
"For that reason, the pressure is even heavier. There are a lot of managers, Team bosses and talent seekers walking the paddock in light of finding the best of the best. Because of this, it becomes tougher to run, since there are always excesses and some drivers are willing to commit insanities just to be seen", explains Monteiro, who expresses more concerned with his future participation in the Korean GP: "Since the layout is more technical and the quality of the drivers will overcome the engines potential".
Last year, Monteiro's participation was not to his pleasing with his Dallara Renault giving off problems that impeded him to reach beyond a ninth position in the overall race on Sunday. "The Macau race didn't run so well because we had some sort of instability in the car, but my participation was nevertheless positive"
One of Tiago's major preoccupations is the Macanese track layout, which is pitiless to any mistake. From the first to the last meter the concentration must be at its fullest, being it by the incredible speed gained in the straights, or the tight corners guarded with concrete walls: "It is partly a fast track, with speeds attaining 280 Kms/h and some low points of quite slow corners. Since it is a city track, the tarmac is always in poor conditions with many bumps, which turn the car quite complicated to drive. We must be super concentrated, especially since the walls are just a few centimeters for the car".
Fellow patriot driver and winner of last year's edition of the Macau Grand Prix, André Couto did not want to miss this opportunity to leave a word of support to Tiago Monteiro. Couto will not participate in the 2001 GP since as the tradition says, the winner of one edition, must not participate in the year after event. "My victory in Macau was one of the happiest days of my life and I truly hope Tiago will be able to taste these kind of emotions this year. He knows as well as I, that it won't be easy and that the battle will be tough, but he has all the conditions to triumph. During last year's race, Tiago has not very fortunate, but what I remember clearly was how great it was to be around him and how helpful we can be to each other. I is always great to be able to depend on a friend on track during such a tough competition, especially if he's from 'home' ", remarked André Couto, finalizing: "I sincerely hope Tiago wins this year, because it is so good for him professionally and he would offer incredible pride to the Portuguese who are still in this territory. It would be great to hear the Portuguese hymn in the Guia pit-lane two years in a row"!
Macau Grand Prix 2000 curiosités:
Number of races: 10 (two motorcycle and 8 cars)
Number of participants: 312 (294 male e 18 female)
Number of spectators: 21 thousand (just during the weekend)
Number of lookout posts: 26
Number of staff: 641
Number of securities: 60
Number of police force: 312
Number of Journalists: 1001 (de 237 media from 24 countries)