The eighth round of the 2005 world championship in Montreal, Canada this weekend marks the beginning of the North American journey for the F1 paddock that will culminate at Indianapolis, the legendary home of motor sport, just seven days ...
The eighth round of the 2005 world championship in Montreal, Canada this weekend marks the beginning of the North American journey for the F1 paddock that will culminate at Indianapolis, the legendary home of motor sport, just seven days later.
For Jordan rookie Tiago Monteiro, it will be a return to a continent that enabled him to live through some intense emotions during his time in the ChampCar series back in the 2003 season when he raced the Reynard belonging to Brazilian F1 double champion, Emerson Fittipaldi.
"I loved racing on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, because it is a very demanding layout," Tiago explained. "It offers many high speed straights and chicanes and a lot of hard braking zones which can deliver a very pleasing performance over the course of the entire lap."
In addition to innumerable Canadian fans that came to see Tiago in Canada during his Champ Car career, he also received strong support from the Lusitanian community that is present in the area. The circuit Gilles Villeneuve is located on the island and the scenery around the track itself makes it a splendid setting for the passionate fans and drivers alike.
"It is a very beautiful circuit for the public, with a splendid environment. A lot of Portuguese fans came to support me when I raced here in ChampCar making the environment fairy-like... I remember that I was 8th, 7 tenths of a second off pole in the first session, but it is a very tight championship and even though I improved to just 6 tenths off pole in the second session, I had fallen to 11th place! This is unthinkable in modern Formula One because the differences are so much larger due to the advanced technology."
After undertaking a testing session with the team at Silverstone last week where he could continue working on the development of the Jordan Toyota EJ15 and Bridgestone tyres, Tiago quickly flew to Canada, full of very valuable information...
"The test in Silverstone went well. We will not only profit from a new front wing, but also from a new rear wing for the Canadian GP. I hope we'll gain some time because these news parts should help make it possible to stabilize the car, in particular under braking, and to make it safer in the faster sections."
"We will however not have a third driver in Montreal, which will make our job a little more complicated in regard to Bridgestone tyre choice, especially as the track constantly evolves throughout the weekend."
Tiago has finished all the GP's in which he has participated, 7 out of 7, since the beginning of his debut season, making him the most constant, reliable and diligent driver on the track. He is also the one who has covered the most kilometres during race weekends to date (practice, qualifying, race): 4268!