The SEAT Sport Race driver in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), Tiago Monteiro got to know the feeling in a different kind of cockpit, on August 31 at 9:45 AM near the park of Porto, for an operation that was part of the vast Red Bull Air Race championship demonstration flights.
SEAT is the official sponsor of the demonstration keeping in perfect harmony with its brand philosophy. Tiago strapped himself into the only advanced two-seater in the competition, a lightweight craft possessing an exceptional power/weight ratio and capable of producing 320 BHP with a maximum speed of over 400 kph. The plane Tiago flew in was specially designed for aerial acrobatics, inverted flight and other moves that force the pilot to endure multiple "G's," a feeling that the Portuguese driver knows well after having driven in the Formula One world championship in 2005 and 2006.
"At SEAT's invitation, I got the chance to fly in a Red Bull Air Race plane. The feelings it produces are impressive, in particular the 7.5 G's and twenty minutes of aerobatics," Tiago declared, "and the pilot quickly realized that I was loving the experience and we kept on flying 'til we ran out of gas or almost!"
"It's less violent than in F1 where there is heavy braking, it's less abrupt but longer, so you really have to force yourself to breathe, it's an unforgettable experience. These pilots do an incredible job! I want to thank SEAT and Red Bull for this unforgettable opportunity!"
"I almost got my pilot's license in 2002. I only needed some six or eight extra hours of flying time. I passed the written test and I had a year to pass the final flight test, but at the time I was starting to race on an international level and I had less time to dedicate to flying. This experience makes me want to get started again, I am a real fan of flying airplanes, and who knows, maybe one day I might try my hand at stunt flying?"
A video of the event will be available shortly on Tiago Monteiro's official website.