Tiago Monteiro controlled his Formula on the edge after a collision from an adversary at high speed
After some brilliant practice sessions and a solid qualifying, which indicated a potential podium finish in both races at the Valencia Circuit (Spain) at the World Series by Nissan, Tiago Monteiro was a victim of several serious mistakes on behalf of his adversaries. The Portuguese Driver was forced to abandon the first race and managed to fight until the end at the second, guarantying a seventh place.
The Official Formula 1 Minardi Test Driver started the first race from a fifth position at the starting grid. In a Circuit where overtaking is very difficult to achieve, Tiago Monteiro saw his rhythm being held back from the adversaries that where ahead of him. Nevertheless, he managed to move up one position, but at the final lap, J. Alvarez, in an irrational act, pushed the Portuguese Driver of track when they where heading at 240 kmh at the starting grid straight. Tiago Monteiro's skills and experience avoided what could have been a huge accident. "It was an act of madness on behalf of J. Alvarez which could have had very serious consequences. If I hadn't managed to regain control of the car, I would have had most certainly suffered severe injuries. The organization is analyzing all his behaviour on track, since it is not the first time he has put me and some other drivers at risk, at the Magny Cours and Zolder races. " Even though he regained control of his Carlin Motorsport Nissan Dallara, with the formula presenting serious damages, Tiago Monteiro was once again victim of a collision by A. Valles, two curbs further, which forced him to abandon.
With a spectacular Team work, Tiago Monteiro managed to have his car ready for the second race. The young Driver had a good start and was in second position halfway through the race, when everyone had to take a Pit-Stop. Once again, luck wasn't at his side when he faced some problems while changing his left front wheel, costing the Team 17 seconds to solve the problem. When he finally took of, trying to re-enter the Spanish Circuit, Tiago Monteiro suffered yet another mistake from one of his opponents which compromised the rest of the race. "I was going down the pit-lane, returning to the track when Bernoldi accelerated with cold tyres, losing control and ripping of half of my front wing. From that moment on, I had to give my best so that I wouldn't loose too many positions. Nevertheless, I was lapping one extra second from my usual time. I am disappointed with everything that happened today because we lost a good opportunity to secure at the races all the excellent performances we had demonstrated at the practice sessions." Commented Tiago Monteiro visibly frustrated.