"My goal in Pau is to win the race" Tiago Monteiro's ascending motor sports career leaves him no rest, and the Portuguese driver departs for Pau, South of France, this very week to run the ultimate race that delivers the title of European...
"My goal in Pau is to win the race"
Tiago Monteiro's ascending motor sports career leaves him no rest, and the Portuguese driver departs for Pau, South of France, this very week to run the ultimate race that delivers the title of European Formula 3 Champion (Monday June 4th). Tiago flaunts his runner-up title, won last year in same track, and is one of the nominees for victory, in a race where the best F3 drivers, from the various Championships (French, English, German), are certain to give there best performance.
"This will be the first international Formula 3 event in the 2001 season, and it is bound to be quite tough, for the European Champion will be declared in just one race. To triumph in this race, everything must be 100% perfect and we can't have a loophole for the slightest mistake to be made", explained Tiago Monteiro, quite conscious of the pressure upon him.
"I am aware there are many people expecting a good result from me, especially since I did so well last year", added the ASM Elf driver, commenting on the quality of the competitiveness of this event: "In Pau, the most prestigious and best drivers, from all over Europe, will be present. Some of them I am not acquainted with, but the fact that they are the six fastest of their country, gives them an edge. I believe this will be a very interesting, yet tough race", remarked the Portuguese driver, who will also have to fight a battle with Toshihiro Kaneishi and Takuma Sato, from the German and English Championship respectively, Pierre Kaffer, Matt Davies, Frank Diefencacher and Darek Hayes, besides other sounding names of the European Formula 3 world.
In a city circuit, which Monteiro is "very" fond of, and where he has already ran on once at the wheels of a Porsche and three times driving his Dallara Renault F3, Pau is a track where Monteiro feels confidante enough to go for the win: "We have the potential to win and that is why I'm there, but being a city circuit there is more tendency for disagreeable surprises",
Tiago Monteiro's program starts on Saturday with a free-practice session, followed by the qualification session on Sunday, and finally the race on Monday the 4th of May.