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The driver who gained most from F1's famous farce
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The driver who gained most from F1's famous farce

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The 2005 United States Grand Prix was one of the most notorious of Formula 1's 999 world championship rounds so far - contested by just six cars. And that meant a driver in one of the slowest machines on the grid got a podium. This is the story of a remarkable day for Tiago Monteiro

Formula 1's 999 previous world championship grands prix have produced plenty of underdog shocks. Whether it's Ivan Capelli's giant-killing efforts in France or Damon Hill's Hungary heartbreak with Arrows, those overachievements are some of the most fondly remembered results - particularly in an age where F1's big three teams are so dominant.

The current stranglehold is alarming; only two of the 129 podium positions on offer since F1's last major regulations overhaul for 2014 have been scored by a driver outside the ranks of Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull - a situation F1's sporting boss Ross Brawn called "unacceptable".

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