The final stretch of the 2005 Formula One world championship sends the teams and drivers to Asia: Japan this weekend, China a week later and Tiago Monteiro is impatient to get back behind the wheel after recording his first retirement of the year...
The final stretch of the 2005 Formula One world championship sends the teams and drivers to Asia: Japan this weekend, China a week later and Tiago Monteiro is impatient to get back behind the wheel after recording his first retirement of the year at the Brazilian Grand Prix two weeks ago.
The Jordan rookie suffered a rare engine failure during the Interlagos event, finishing his record of consistent finishes for a rookie driver at 16, a brilliant achievement by anyone's standards! Despite this, Tiago remains by far the best rookie of the season, with 7 points on the scoreboard.
"The Brazilian GP leaves a bitter taste and mitigated emotions: on one hand I recorded the best ever grid position by a Portuguese driver, then a gearbox problem caused me to start the race from the pits, then a hydraulic system failure prevented me from seeing the chequered flag," explained the Jordan driver.
Tiago is now impatient to discover Japan, particularly the Suzuka circuit, one of most technical and physical tracks of the season, as often explained by all his colleagues in the series...
"I have never put a foot in Japan and I am therefore impatient to enjoy this new adventure," he smiled. "I am curious to taste real Sushi, of which I love."
"Like Spa, Suzuka is an extremely technical and demanding layout, and as I have never lapped this circuit, it will be necessary for me to acclimatize and learn it during the opening practice sessions on Friday, which should take me all of the first hour."
"Narain already knows the circuit and will obviously get into a good rhythm quicker than me, but I hope that maybe he will be able to help me. Maybe the weather will turn in our favour also as the forecast states that there is a 60% chance of rain on all three days!"
Tiago had a good experience on the damp Spa-Francorchamps circuit with Bridgestone tyres that made it possible best to put in a strong performance under the conditions, the Oporto native crossing the line in a brilliant eighth place as a result.
"I want to finish the season on a good note and I am determined to give the best of myself at Suzuka, a circuit where the driver can really make the difference."