Monza: Tiago Monteiro weekend summary

Tiago Monteiro in the points at Monza SEAT Sport is proud of an excellent team result By crossing Monza' finish line in 4th and 6th places, Tiago Monteiro largely contributed to SEAT Sport points tally, who extends its lead in the general ...

Tiago Monteiro in the points at Monza

SEAT Sport is proud of an excellent team result

By crossing Monza' finish line in 4th and 6th places, Tiago Monteiro largely contributed to SEAT Sport points tally, who extends its lead in the general constructors' classification in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Taking off in 10th position on the starting grid, the Portuguese driver waged an incredibly aggressive race that saw him move up to 4th place in a race that was highly competitive, and of a rare quality.

"I managed to keep up a very good pace in the morning race, where the track temperature was not very high. Therefore my tyres were at their best for most of the race and I was able to attack my adversaries with more efficiency" explained the SEAT Leon No. 18 car driver. "The race was also spectacular and the best laps of the leading drivers were very close to one another. My preoccupation was with the start, because it is always a sensitive subject at Monza, and incidents are not uncommon in the first corner, where the track tightens like a bottleneck. Luckily it all went well for me, despite some jostling, and I then was able to take advantage of my turbo diesel engine's potential on a fast track, and where the curb heights make the race very demanding for cars as well as drivers."

Tiago started in 5th place in the second race, and was tasked with a determinant mission for SEAT Sport's objectives. The Porto native was ahead Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini, the two SEAT Sport drivers who are contenders for the title of World Champion. Particularly attentive to everything that could harm his SEAT Sport teammates, Tiago got off to a good start and might have been able to jockey for a place on the podium, if he had not been overtaken by several drivers who cut off the first chicane without being sanctioned.

"Things got complicated after the start of the second race," Tiago affirmed, "The start was very confused, and there were several contacts and some drivers I was in front of went straight at the chicane and came out ahead of me! Yvan Muller and I suffered the irreparable consequences. What's more, although my tyres were in good shape, the car's handling got worse in the corners because one of my shocks was damaged. In the Parabolica, it was very complicated to get on the right line and so I made the decision to concentrate as much as possible on the team's interest and on the best result I could bring home for the good of the team. I scored 8 important points for SEAT Sport and I am honoured to take part in its success in such a competitive championship."

At Monza, SEAT sport made a decisive step towards the world title by winning both races thanks to Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini.

The next stage of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) will be held three weeks from now in Japan, on the Okayama circuit, from October 24-26.

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Yvan Muller , Gabriele Tarquini