Monteiro wants to stay with Honda WTCC squad in 2018

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Monteiro wants to stay with Honda WTCC squad in 2018
By: Federico Faturos
Jul 23, 2017, 10:17 AM

Tiago Monteiro says he wants to continue with Honda in WTCC, and has already started to discuss conditions for a contract renewal with the Japanese manufacturer.

Alessandro Mariani, Team Principal Honda Team JAS with Norbert Michelisz, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC, Tiago Monteiro, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
Norbert Michelisz, Honda Racing Team JAS, Tiago Monteiro, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
Tiago Monteiro, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
Podium: winner Norbert Michelisz, Honda Racing Team JAS, second place Tiago Monteiro, Honda Racing Team JAS, third place Thed Björk, Polestar Cyan Racing
Tiago Monteiro, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC

The Portuguese driver is enjoying his best season in WTCC to date, as he is leading the championship halfway through the season by 12 points over Volvo’s Thed Bjork.

While the title battle is the main priority for both Monteiro and Honda works team, both parties have begun to talk about extending their partnership into 2018.

"We already started to talk because my contract ends this year and there is one option [to continue] that ends in the coming days, weeks. So we already started talking", Monteiro told Motorsport.com.

"The idea is to continue with Honda in one way or the other. I have a good relation, this is my sixth year with them, I'm an ambassador for the brand in some countries and I love it."

Despite his close links with Honda, Monteiro also stated he has other options, inside and outside WTCC, for the coming season.

"It is interesting because I had many other proposals, from this championship and from others," he added. "That is good for me because I get to choose and I can talk and is nice to see that people values my work.

"It is better to have options and be able to choose rather than have nothing. We will see what happens".

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tiago Monteiro
Teams Honda Racing Team JAS
Author Federico Faturos
Article type Breaking news