Qualifying for the Russian weekend could not have been more frustrating for Tiago Monteiro. After a good start in the first two free practice sessions where he ranked in the top 10, the Portuguese driver suffered from a broken water pump. Tiago only completed 7 laps in the last practice session and one in the first phase of the qualifying in order to check that the problem was solved, but unfortunately it wasn't and he had to leave his fellow colleagues in the World Touring Car Championship, WTCC, to compete for pole position without him. As a result, he will start from 22nd place on the starting grid for both races on the Moscow Raceway.
Tiago has no choice but to change his goals for the weekend: "I will dedicate these two races to the development of the car. We still have a lot of things to learn about the car. Having said that, I will still try to have a good race. In case of rain, I might have a better chance to climb up the ranks."