Puebla: Tiago Monteiro preview

New Challenge in Mexico! The Puebla circuit is the next challenge facing Tiago Monteiro, official driver with SEAT Sport in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). From April 4th to the 6th, the Mexican circuit will receive ...

New Challenge in Mexico!

The Puebla circuit is the next challenge facing Tiago Monteiro, official driver with SEAT Sport in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). From April 4th to the 6th, the Mexican circuit will receive the championship for a second stage, which will require an additional quality from the Portuguese driver, learning at speed with a capital S. "I don't know this circuit and what I know comes from a few snatches of conversations with other drivers and with the team," Tiago Monteiro explained, "Two years ago, the asphalt was deteriorating. I also know that it is perched at an elevation of 2000 meters which, in theory, should benefit the turbo engines. In practices, I don't think that SEAT will get a decisive advantage from it."

The drivers will begin their testing on Friday. It will be the first time that they are racing since the races at Curitiba, early in March. The first tests will be a crucial phase for adjusting the SEAT Leon TDI in its qualification specifications and for developing strategies for both races. "I hope that the car will be as effective at Puebla as it was at Curitiba. And I hope not to be the victim of the excessive optimism of another driver! For the rest, my ambitions are big. There are ten of us drivers turning in the same second and the slightest error is severely punished and could deny you points. But I am confident I will go home with a good result under my belt. At least we are going to do everything to achieve that" the Porto native declared.

Puebla is an exceptional stage for the most important world championship on the FIA calendar after Formula 1. Elevation and humidity are high there and render car performance unpredictable. Weather data indicates that the high temperatures will be between 25C and 27C, and lows will be around 10C. The sky should be either overcast or clear.

The Puebla races will be rebroadcast direct on Eurosport with qualifying on April 5 at 10:00 PM, and the races on April 6 at 6:00PM and 9:00PM, UK Time.

-credit: tiagomonteiro.com

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Series WTCC
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