The fifth round of the 2005 Formula One championship will be sold out this weekend as Alonsomania functions at full throttle in Spain. The whole country will be watching the GP either on TV or live at the track, fans eager to support the leader of...
The fifth round of the 2005 Formula One championship will be sold out this weekend as Alonsomania functions at full throttle in Spain. The whole country will be watching the GP either on TV or live at the track, fans eager to support the leader of the championship in his home race.
This weekend's event will take place in the suburbs of Barcelona, but the Iberian Peninsula will be able to count on another representative, Tiago Monteiro.
The arrival of a Portuguese driver in Formula One - the first since 1993 - reinvigorated the interest of the Lusitanian people for the pinnacle of Motorsports, and television audiences have soared dramatically as they tune in to watch their local star.
For the fifth time this season, Tiago will take part alongside the elite, this time on the circuit of Montmeló, in Catalonia, where twenty drivers will participate on one of the most demanding circuits in the championship.
Tiago's goal will once again be to bring the Jordan Toyota EJ15 across the finish line, adding to his already impressive rookie record of four consecutive finishes this season. However, the weekend will not be easy for the Silverstone based squad and its drivers.
Indeed, most of the F1 teams test at the Spanish track several times during the winter, completing thousands of kilometres, and therefore know the circuit like the back of their hands.
Unfortunately, Tiago Monteiro and his team were not one of those testing last winter and will therefore start the coming weekend with a blank sheet of paper as well as an aerodynamic handicap.
"We already know that this Spanish weekend will not be an easy one for us, because this circuit requires high downforce, which is one of the major problems of the Jordan," explained Tiago.
"We will try to get the maximum out of our package, but our team has only covered a few kilometres on this circuit and therefore it will be necessary to find as much as possible between us and the drivers who generally precede us on the starting grid."
All the technical issues aside, Tiago will be able to count on a illustrious visitor to the Catalunya paddock: the famous Portuguese soccer player from the Barcelona team, Deco, is planning to come and support his compatriot, and will be counting on Tiago to teach him everything about Formula One.