Jordan driver Tiago Monteiro carried out a promising first day of practice at the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix, by being the fastest rookie on this particularly demanding track, both mentally and physically. However, Tiago was not in the best ...
Jordan driver Tiago Monteiro carried out a promising first day of practice at the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix, by being the fastest rookie on this particularly demanding track, both mentally and physically.
However, Tiago was not in the best condition after a disturbed nights sleep due to a tooth ache. After tossing and turning much of the night, the Portuguese driver managed 36 laps of Istanbul Park at the wheel of his Jordan Toyota EJ15, to finish the day in 20th position.
"I slept very badly because of the pain, but when I am behind the wheel I manage to forget the suffering. But on the other hand, when I am stopped, either in the pits or out of the car, the toothache soon returns to haunt me!" Tiago grimaced.
"I will go to the hospital tonight to try to find a solution, which will not be easy to find due to the prohibition of absorbing certain drugs that are normally prescribed for this kind of infection, as they are regarded as doping agents."
Despite these circumstances, Tiago concentrated on his first day of work in Turkey and was satisfied with the behaviour of his car...
"I carried out 6 laps of the circuit in the morning, in order to learn the layout and to find my marks, but also to check if the basic adjustments were good. The car was rather good even if it was difficult to control to start with."
"We carried out some set up changes in the afternoon, which certainly helped me improve my times. We hoped to be able to use the softer tyres here but this option does not seem to be the best one for this circuit."
On Thursday, Tiago became familiar with the new circuit and his first impressions were positive, something confirmed after two hours of free practice on Friday.
"It is probably one of my preferred circuits to date; it has many fast curves and generally my car behaves rather well here. I will wait now for the pain to pass, hoping that the end of the weekend is a lot easier!"