Tiago Monteiro

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Tiago Monteiro
Tiago monteiro spafrancorchamps2014.JPG
Nationality  Portuguese
Born (1976-07-24) 24 July 1976 (age 38)
Porto, Portugal
2014 World Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2007
Current team Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team
Car no. 18
Former teams Tuenti Racing Team
SEAT Sport
Starts 174
Wins 5
Poles 2
Fastest laps 7
Best champ.
finish
5th in 2010
Previous series
1998–01
2002
2003
2004
200506
French F3
International Formula 3000
Champ Car
World Series by Nissan
Formula One
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 20052006
Teams Jordan, MF1
Races 37
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 7
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2005 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1999, 2001, 2009, 2011
Teams Paul Belmondo Racing, Larbre Compétition, Team Oreca Matmut-AIM, OAK Racing
Best finish 17th (1999)
Class wins 0

Tiago Vagaroso da Costa Monteiro (Portuguese pronunciation: [tiˈaɣu mõˈtɐjɾu]; born 24 July 1976 in Porto, Portugal) is a Portuguese racing driver. He drove for Jordan Grand Prix, Midland and Spyker MF1 teams—all different iterations of the same team as it was bought by new owners during a two year stint as part of the Formula One paddock.

Monteiro raced with the semi-privateer SR Sport team in the 2010 WTCC season driving a SEAT León TDI, following the withdrawal of SEAT Sport at the end of the previous season. For 2011, he again drove for SUNRED Engineering, where he was partnered by rookies Aleksei Dudukalo and Pepe Oriola, as well as 2010 teammates Michel Nykjaer, Fredy Barth and Gabriele Tarquini. He remained with the team for 2012 under the "Tuenti Racing Team" banner. For 2013 Monteiro raced for the Castrol Honda team with the new Honda Civic, and remains with the Japanese manufacturer in 2014.

Early career[edit]

Monteiro was inspired by his father to begin racing, and drove in the 1997 French Porsche Carrera Cup. He took five wins and five pole positions to become B-class champion and rookie of the year. In 1998, he competed in the French F3 Championship, finishing 12th overall and taking the rookie of the year award. He continued in the championship in 1999, taking one win and three other podium positions to finish sixth overall. He also competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours race, finishing 17th overall and sixth in the GT2 class. In the International Renault Finals held at Estoril, Monteiro claimed the win after taking pole position and the fastest lap of the race.

In 2000, Monteiro again competed in French F3, this time finishing second in the championship after taking four wins throughout the season. He also competed in the single Formula 3 European Championship double-header race, finishing second overall with one win at Spa-Francorchamps. He also competed in a couple of one-off events, coming second in the Korea Super Prix and ninth at the famous Macau Grand Prix. In the Lamborghini Super Trophy, he achieved the fastest lap at Magny-Cours, and took pole position and the fastest lap at Laguna Seca Raceway. In 2001, Monteiro again finished second overall in the French F3 Championship after taking six pole positions, four wins and four podiums. Also competing in the French GT Championship, he managed four pole positions, two class wins and five podium finishes in the GTB class. A one-off entry in the Formula France series saw him win both races, and in the Andros Trophy, he did one fastest lap with a best finishing position of fourth.

In 2002, he stepped up to the F3000 Championship with the Super Nova team, taking five top-ten finishes on his way to 12th in the championship standings. He also completed the Renault F1 Driver Development Scheme, and had his first taste of a Formula One car, testing with the Renault team at Barcelona. In 2003, he joined Fittipaldi Dingman Racing for the Champ Car World Series,[1] achieving a pole position in Mexico City and leading two races. He finished the year with 10 top-ten finishes, scoring 29 points to rank 15th overall in the championship. Monteiro was signed up as an official Minardi F1 test driver for the 2004 season, but also competed in the Nissan World Series with Carlin Motorsport. He was named Rookie of the Year after finishing second in the championship behind Heikki Kovalainen, and was ranked fifth in Autosport magazine's top ten drivers in the Formula One "breeding ground" championships.

Ironically, one of his surnames, "Vagaroso", means "slow" in Portuguese.

Formula One career[edit]

Jordan (2005)[edit]

After the Midland Group bought Jordan Grand Prix, Monteiro was announced as a full-time race driver alongside Indian Narain Karthikeyan for the 2005 season.

Monteiro at the controversial 2005 United States GP.

In the United States Grand Prix he achieved his first podium finish in controversial circumstances when all but three teams pulled out due to concerns over tyre safety (the Michelin-equipped teams pulled out of the race, not taking their place on the grid. The Bridgestone teams were the only ones to run). Monteiro finished third out of just six drivers.

At the podium ceremony, at which none of the scheduled dignitaries were present, Ferrari drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello quietly accepted their awards, and quickly exited. However, Monteiro stayed behind to celebrate his first podium finish alone amid the booing fans, a decision which although initially controversial, was later met with some sympathy from the Formula One fraternity.

As of the 2005 United States Grand Prix, Monteiro is currently the most successful Portuguese driver in Formula One history. Pedro Lamy had previously held this record before with one point and sixth place achieved at the 1995 Australian Grand Prix with Minardi. Also of note, as of the Belgian Grand Prix (where he also scored another point), Monteiro had finished every race of the 2005 season, breaking the record for consecutive finishes for a rookie driver in Formula One, held by Jackie Stewart (1965 season) and Olivier Panis (1994 season), who finished their first six races. This record stood until the 2013 season, when British driver Max Chilton finished all 19 races.

Shortly before the 2005 Turkish Grand Prix, Monteiro suffered toothache that was severe enough to prevent him taking part in the race. However, his team principal Colin Kolles, a qualified dentist, performed emergency root canal surgery[citation needed], and Monteiro was fit enough to race, which saw him finish 15th following a collision with Juan Pablo Montoya, which resulted in the Colombian running wide on the penultimate lap and losing second place to Fernando Alonso, thus preventing Montoya's McLaren team scoring its first 1–2 finish since the 2000 Austrian Grand Prix.

Midland (2006)[edit]

In 2006 Midland re-signed Monteiro to partner Dutchman Christijan Albers. The two endured a largely uncompetitive season, with their M16 car not even scoring a single point, and the pair were regularly outpaced during the year by Toro Rosso and the occasional Super Aguri. In the 18 races, Monteiro retired from six, with his best finish being at the wet-dry Hungarian Grand Prix where he finished ninth, just outside the points-scoring positions with Albers finishing behind in tenth.

On 21 December 2006, it was announced that Monteiro would not be driving for the newly renamed Spyker team in 2007. The highly rated German Adrian Sutil was instead signed on a multi-year contract.[2] Monteiro had briefly held discussions about a drive for Toro Rosso,[3] but these hopes were ended when the Faenza outfit confirmed Tonio Liuzzi as a driver at the launch of the STR2 car on 13 February 2007,[4] followed by Scott Speed at a Bahrain testing session on 24 February, leaving Monteiro without a drive for the season.

World Touring Car Championship career[edit]

SEAT (2007–2012)[edit]

Monteiro driving the SEAT León TDI at Brands Hatch in the 2008 WTCC season

On 6 March 2007, it was announced that Monteiro would join the SEAT Sport team and would drive in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with a SEAT León.[5]

He was forced to wait until the second round of the 2007 season at Zandvoort to make his debut, as the contract was signed a few days before the season opener in Curitiba. However, he took three podium finishes and a pole position during a successful first season in which he was ranked 11th overall.

In 2008 driving the TDi version of the SEAT León, he took his first win at Puebla in Mexico, and later in the season he won the second race on home ground at Estoril in Portugal. These, other points finishes and a fastest lap during the season, saw him finish 12th overall in the final standings, which was won by SEAT team-mate Yvan Muller with the team also achieving the manufacturer's title.

He stayed with SEAT in 2009, and scored two podiums in Valencia and Brno en route to finishing 9th overall in the drivers standings, contributing to SEAT winning the manufacturers championship. On 13 January 2010, SEAT announced that it would be pulling out of the WTCC from at least the 2010 season. However on 19 February 2010, it was announced that he would partner 2009 teammates Gabriele Tarquini and Jordi Gene along with Tom Coronel in the renamed SR-Sport team run by SUNRED Engineering, which received significant funding from SEAT Sport.[6] He achieved five podium finishes during the season, which included wins at his home event in Portimão and later in the year at Valencia. This was by far his most successful season in recent years as he finished in fifth place overall in the drivers' standings.

On 11 February 2011, it was confirmed that he would once again drive for SUNRED Engineering in the forthcoming season, partnering rookies Aleksei Dudukalo and Pepe Oriola, as well as 2010 teammates Michel Nykjaer, Fredy Barth and 2009 champion Gabriele Tarquini.[7]

Monteiro remains with the team for 2012 under the "Tuenti Racing Team" banner, where he will be joined by 2011 teammate Pepe Oriola and rookie Andrea Barlesi.[8]

Honda (2012–)[edit]

Monteiro driving the Honda Civic WTCC at the 2012 FIA WTCC Race of Japan.

Monteiro joined the Honda Racing team from the 2012 Race of Japan and then for 2013, racing the new Honda Civic with team mate Gabriele Tarquini.[9] He scored the first podium finish for the Honda Civic in the WTCC at the 2012 Guia Race of Macau, finishing third in race one.

Team ownership[edit]

Monteiro became interested in team ownership during 2008, and held discussions with the BCN Competición team in the GP2 Series on the subject of a possible buy-out.[10] On 27 November he announced that he had purchased the team and renamed it "Ocean Racing Technology".[11] The team had a successful first year in 2009, including a win in the Belgian feature race with Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente. The team also competed in the GP2 Asia Series at the end of the year and the GP3 Series. In the winter of 2012-13, the team withdrew from GP2 and GP3 due to a lack of funding.[12]

Driver management[edit]

Monteiro manages the career of fellow Portuguese racing driver António Félix da Costa.

V8 Supercars[edit]

On 23 April 2010, it was announced that Monteiro would compete as a "guest" driver in the Gold Coast 600 round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in Surfers Paradise from 22–24 October 2010. He shared a Holden VE Commodore with Tony D'Alberto, with the car being set up by the Tony D'Alberto Racing team under the Centaur Racing banner.[13] The pair recorded a DNF and a 17th place finish in their two races.

Personal life[edit]

On 16 August 2008, Monteiro married Portuguese model Diana Pereira. The couple have a daughter, Mel (born in February 2008) and a son, Noah (born in November 2009).

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Final Placing
1998 French Formula Three Signature Compétition 12 0 0 0 0 31 12th
British Formula Three 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
1999 French Formula Three ASM 16 1 1 2 4 149 6th
British Formula Three 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Masters of Formula Three 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 29th
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
Le Mans 24 Hours Paul Belmondo Racing (GTS) 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
2000 French Formula Three ASM 12 3 2 2 5 133 2nd
British Formula Three 1 1 0 0 1 N/A NC
European Formula Three Cup 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
Masters of Formula Three 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
2001 French Formula Three ASM 11 4 5 4 7 171 2nd
European Formula Three Cup 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 13th
Masters of Formula Three 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 19th
Le Mans 24 Hours Larbre Compétition (GTS) 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
2002 International Formula 3000 Super Nova Racing 12 0 0 0 0 2 13th
2003 CART World Series Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing 18 0 0 0 0 29 15th
2004 World Series by Nissan Carlin Motorsport 18 5 4 2 9 135 2nd
Formula One Minardi Cosworth Test driver
2005 Formula One Jordan Grand Prix 19 0 0 0 1 7 16th
2006 Formula One MF1 Racing/Spyker MF1 Racing 18 0 0 0 0 0 21st
2007 World Touring Car Championship SEAT Sport 20 0 1 0 3 38 11th
2008 World Touring Car Championship SEAT Sport 24 2 0 2 2 43 12th
2009 World Touring Car Championship SEAT Sport 24 0 0 1 2 44 9th
2010 World Touring Car Championship SR-Sport 22 2 1 1 5 177 5th
V8Supercar Championship Series Centaur Racing 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2011 World Touring Car Championship SUNRED Engineering 24 0 0 0 3 117 6th
2012 World Touring Car Championship Tuenti Racing Team
Honda Racing Team JAS
24 0 0 0 1 98 9th
2013 World Touring Car Championship Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team 23 1 0 2 5 164 8th

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1999 France Paul Belmondo Racing France Paul Belmondo
France Marc Rostan
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GTS 299 17th 6th
2001 France Larbre Compétition France Christophe Bouchut
France Jean-Philippe Belloc
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GTS 234 20th 4th
2009 France Team Oreca-Matmut AIM Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Brazil Bruno Senna
Oreca 01-AIM LMP1 219 DNF DNF
2011 France OAK Racing France Guillaume Moreau
France Pierre Ragues
OAK Pescarolo 01 Evo-Judd LMP1 80 DNF DNF

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2002 Super Nova Racing INT
9
IMO
10
CAT
Ret
A1R
16
MON
Ret
NÜR
Ret
SIL
13
MAG
9
HOC
5
HUN
13
SPA
Ret
MNZ
10
13th 2

Complete CART results[edit]

(key)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2003 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing STP
7
MTY
19
LBH
11
BRH
14
LAU
13
MIL
10
LS
9
POR
19
CLE
Wth
TOR
10
VAN
15
ROA
17
MDO
11
MTL
18
DEN
13
MIA
15
MXC
6
SRF
18
FON
NH
15th 29

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2005 Jordan Grand Prix Jordan EJ15 Toyota RVX-05 3.0 V10 AUS
16
MAL
12
BHR
10
SMR
13
ESP
12
MON
13
EUR
15
CAN
10
USA
3
FRA
13
GBR
17
GER
17
HUN
13
TUR
15
16th 7
Jordan EJ15B ITA
17
BEL
8
BRA
Ret
JPN
13
CHN
11
2006 MF1 Racing Midland M16 Toyota RVX-06 2.4 V8 BHR
17
MAL
13
AUS
Ret
SMR
16
EUR
12
ESP
16
MON
15
GBR
16
CAN
14
USA
Ret
FRA
Ret
GER
DSQ
HUN
9
TUR
Ret
21st 0
Spyker MF1 Team ITA
Ret
CHN
Ret
JPN
16
BRA
15

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2007 SEAT Sport SEAT León BRA
1
BRA
2
NED
1

4
NED
2

9
ESP
1

Ret
ESP
2

12
FRA
1

3
FRA
2

3
CZE
1

13
CZE
2

9
POR
1

15
POR
2

13
SWE
1

2
SWE
2

6
GER
1

10
GER
2

8
GBR
1

21
GBR
2

11
ITA
1

Ret
ITA
2

8
MAC
1

6
MAC
2

4
11th 38
2008 SEAT Sport SEAT León TDI BRA
1

17
BRA
2

13
MEX
1

7
MEX
2

1
ESP
1

18
ESP
2

Ret
FRA
1

13
FRA
2

10
CZE
1

12
CZE
2

10
POR
1

7
POR
2

1
GBR
1

16
GBR
2

15
GER
1

4
GER
2

Ret
EUR
1

13
EUR
2

11
ITA
1

4
ITA
2

6
JPN
1

5
JPN
2

7
MAC
1

11
MAC
2

Ret
12th 43
2009 SEAT Sport SEAT León TDI BRA
1

16
BRA
2

12
MEX
1

11
MEX
2

Ret
MAR
1

5
MAR
2

DSQ
FRA
1

14
FRA
2

11
ESP
1

2
ESP
2

8
CZE
1

6
CZE
2

3
POR
1

4
POR
2

5
GBR
1

7
GBR
2

8
GER
1

19
GER
2

12
ITA
1

Ret
ITA
2

23
JPN
1

7
JPN
2

Ret
MAC
1

6
MAC
2

4
9th 44
2010 SR-Sport SEAT León TDI BRA
1

11
BRA
2

7
MAR
1

3
MAR
2

4
ITA
1

9
ITA
2

7
BEL
1

4
BEL
2

3
POR
1

1
POR
2

7
GBR
1

8
GBR
2

Ret
CZE
1

9
CZE
2

6
GER
1

5
GER
2

15
ESP
1

6
ESP
2

1
JPN
1

Ret
JPN
2

Ret
MAC
1

3
MAC
2

8
5th 177
2011 SUNRED Engineering SEAT León 2.0 TDI BRA
1

11
BRA
2

7
BEL
1

5
BEL
2

3
ITA
1

3
ITA
2

4
HUN
1

7
HUN
2

5
6th 117
SUNRED SR León 1.6T CZE
1

12
CZE
2

12
POR
1

4
POR
2

3
GBR
1

Ret
GBR
2

Ret
GER
1

Ret
GER
2

8
ESP
1

8
ESP
2

Ret
JPN
1

Ret
JPN
2

DNS
CHN
1

8
CHN
2

Ret
MAC
1

12
MAC
2

8
2012 Tuenti Racing Team SEAT León 2.0 TDI ITA
1

Ret
ITA
2

18
9th 95
SUNRED SR León 1.6T ESP
1

9
ESP
2

13
MAR
1

NC
MAR
2

9
SVK
1

Ret
SVK
2

Ret
HUN
1

5
HUN
2

5
AUT
1

5
AUT
2

Ret
POR
1

7
POR
2

8
BRA
1

Ret
BRA
2

9
USA
1

6
USA
2

6
Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic S2000 TC JPN
1

9
JPN
2

10
CHN
1

13
CHN
2

10
MAC
1

3
MAC
2

4
2013 Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC ITA
1

5
ITA
2

8
MAR
1

Ret
MAR
2

DNS
SVK
1

2
SVK
2

5
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

13
AUT
1

13
AUT
2

4
RUS
1

12
RUS
2

12
POR
1

9
POR
2

11
ARG
1

10
ARG
2

6
USA
1

2
USA
2

5
JPN
1

28†
JPN
2

3
CHN
1

11
CHN
2

1
MAC
1

2
MAC
2

Ret
8th 164
2014 Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Honda Civic WTCC MAR
1

5
MAR
2

10†
FRA
1

8
FRA
2

3
HUN
1

3
HUN
2

2
SVK
1

7
SVK
2

C
AUT
1

5
AUT
2

3
RUS
1

7
RUS
2

Ret
BEL
1

6
BEL
2

4
ARG
1

5
ARG
2

5
BEI
1

BEI
2

CHN
1

CHN
2

JPN
1

JPN
2

MAC
1

MAC
2

4th* 146*

* Season in progress. † Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Rank Points
2010 Centaur Racing Holden VE Commodore YMC YMC BHR BHR ADE ADE HAM HAM QLD QLD WIN WIN HID HID TOW TOW PHI BAT SUR
Ret
SUR
25
SYM SYM SAN SAN SYD SYD N/A 0 †

+ Not Eligible for points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fittipaldi-Dingman and Monteiro to race in Champ Car". motorsport.com. 2003-02-10. Retrieved 2003-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Adrian Sutil joins Spyker F1". Spyker F1 official website. 2006-12-21. Retrieved 2006-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Toro Rosso still looking for drivers". grandprix.com. 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2006-01-19. 
  4. ^ "Liuzzi to race for Toro Rosso". GPUpdate.net. 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  5. ^ "MONTEIRO JOINS SEAT SPORT". WTCC official website. 2007-03-06. Archived from the original on 2007-03-09. Retrieved 2007-03-06. 
  6. ^ "Monteiro to stay with SEAT". motorsport.com. 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  7. ^ Beer, Matt; Glendenning, Mark (11 February 2011). "Monteiro re-signs with SUNRED SEAT". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 11 February 2011. "SUNRED has also retained second-year drivers Michel Nykjaer and Fredy Barth, and added SEAT Eurocup graduates Pepe Oriola and Aleksei Dudukalo to make a six-driver line-up with Tarquini and Monteiro." 
  8. ^ Elizade, Pablo (2 March 2012). "Tiago Monteiro extends SUNRED deal". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2 March 2012. "SUNRED retains Oriola, whilst hiring sportscar driver Barlesi. Tarquini and Dudukalo remain with the Lukoil team." 
  9. ^ Munro, Jim. The Sun (London) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/motorsport/4436088/Honda-run.html |url= missing title (help). 
  10. ^ "Monteiro confirms GP2 team plans". crash.net. 2008-11-02. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  11. ^ "Tiago Monteiro confirms the acquisition of GP2 team". tiagomonteiro.com. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  12. ^ Beer, Matt (2013-01-16). "Hilmer Motorsport replaces Ocean in GP2". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  13. ^ "Monteiro to compete in V8 Supercars in Surfer's Paradise". tiagomonteiro.com. 2010-04-23. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Tiago Monteiro at Wikimedia Commons

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
A. J. Allmendinger
Autosport
Rookie of the Year

2005
Succeeded by
Lewis Hamilton