Monteiro maintains sucess rate

Tiago Monteiro, uncontested leader of Jordan GP The French Grand Prix weekend got off to a bad start for Tiago Monteiro, after only managing limited track time in the practice sessions due to mechanical issues on his EJ15. Christijan...

Tiago Monteiro, uncontested leader of Jordan GP

The French Grand Prix weekend got off to a bad start for Tiago Monteiro, after only managing limited track time in the practice sessions due to mechanical issues on his EJ15.

Christijan Albers and Tiago Monteiro battle.
Photo by xpb.cc.

However, the Portuguese F1 once again succeeded in reversing the situation by dominating his teammate Narain Karthikeyan, for the 7th time this season, and supplying his Jordan Grand Prix team with another good result, his tenth consecutive finish from the 10 GPs he has contested.

Despite a qualifying session riddled with technical issues, Monteiro knew he had to remain calm and work in harmony with his engineers to prepare for the tenth round of the championship...

"I did not have total confidence on board my Jordan Toyota for my qualifying run because I had very little time to set up in free practice due to mechanical issues, in particular a change of gear box and a defective oil pump."

"It was therefore impossible for me to make the perfect adjustments to my car before taking to the track for qualifying," explained Tiago, who consequently concentrated on the most important part of the weekend, race day.

However, the start of the race did not go off as well as hoped...

"I had a good start and was wheel to wheel with the Red Bull of Christian Klien" explained Tiago, "but I was surprised by Narain's manoeuvre, which obstructed me considerably and even made me lose a position to Albers, where I lost a lot a lot of time."

"Once past the Minardi, my objective was to catch Narain and to be as close to him as possible at the time of my first pit stop, which was planned for lap 17."

Tiago achieved his goal perfectly and returned to the track close behind his team-mate before overtaking him in turn 8...

"I then attacked to increase the gap between us and to place myself in a position where Narain couldn't get back past. Fortunately, our problems were only in free practice and the car was reliable in the race, which enabled me to see my 10th chequered flag from 10 races, that is to say a 100% success rate in F1 for the moment, of which I am very proud and happy for the team."

-dca-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Christijan Albers , Tiago Monteiro , Christian Klien
Teams Minardi , Jordan