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MULLER AND HUFF ON EQUAL POINTS AFTER USA… WTCC drivers treated American fans to a breathtaking show on the occasion of the championship’s first visit to Sonoma and the United States.

Both races were eventful. Yvan Muller and Rob Huff shared the victory honours and their results also made the fight for the world championship as hot as ever. The two Chevrolet drivers are now on equal points with only six races to go.
It is easy to predict that the battle will go to the wire at Macau once again.
If Huff was the happiest man in the paddock for having matched Muller’s point tally on top of the Drivers’ Championship, Norbert Michelisz too had reasons to rejoice. The young Hungarian was a pain in the neck for the Chevrolet cars in both races and eventually claimed two podium results and stretched his leadership in the Yokohama Trophy.
Gabriele Tarquini and Alain Menu tried their best and never gave up. However, their hopes of achieving great results vanished when they collided at the start of the first race. The Italian had the consolation of a podium in Race 2, while the Swiss saw his hopes of staying in contention for the title fight seriously jeopardized.
Among those who contributed to entertain the Californian fans a few deserve to be mentioned: Tom Coronel completed two great recoveries from twentieth on the grids to eight and fifth; Alex MacDowall chased the top drivers in both races; Tiago Monteiro finished twice in the points on his last appearance with Sunred before switching to Honda; Tom Boardman scored points in both races; Franz Engstler lulled into the dream of winning Race 2 before Muller brusquely woke him up…
The championship takes a one month break, while cars and parts are being shipped to Japan. Rounds 19 and 20 will take place at Suzuka on October 21.

F1Weekly podcast # 561

F1weekly podcast number 561

Special interview with Tiago Monteiro.

Tiago Vagaroso da Costa Monteiro a Portuguese racing driver. He drove for Jordan, 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. In the first year of his Formula One career he set a new record for the most finishes by a driver in their first season , and also achieved a podium finish (3rd place) at the controversial 2005 United States Grand Prix. He currently shares the record for the most finishes in a season with Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa, while he also shares the record for most finishes in a row for a rookie with Heikki Kovalainen, who had also achieved this landmark in 2007.

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 remains with the team for 2012 under the “Tuenti Racing Team” banner.

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, and holds the record for consecutive finishes for a rookie driver in Formula One, taking this from Jackie Stewart (1965 season) and Olivier Panis (1994 season), who finished their first six races. At the Brazilian Grand Prix however, driveshaft failure brought his run to end. Despite this however, by finishing the last two races of the season in Japan and China, he still managed to break the record for the most finishes in a single season. Michael Schumacher finished all 17 races of the 2002 season, whilst both Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello finished 17 out of 18 races in 2004. An 11th-place finish at the Chinese Grand Prix meant that Monteiro had finished 18 out of the 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, 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.


Motorsports Mondial

António Félix Da Costa

The Portuguese F1 Explorer

Photo: www.felixdacosta.net

Portugal has a rich motor racing history. The first Portuguese Grand Prix was held in 1951 on the Boavista street circuit in Oporto. The non-championship event was won by local driver Casimiro de Oliveira in a Ferrari 340.

Boavista also played host to the inaugural Formula 1 Championship Portuguese Grand Prix in 1958. Stirling Moss in a Vanwall triumphed over Mike Hawthorne’s Ferrari.

Fast forward to the historic 2005 United States Grand Prix and we find Portugal’s only podium appearance courtesy of Tiago Monteiro..

Monteiro, who currently owns GP2 team Ocean Racing Technology, has now passed the baton to the kid from Cascais.

António Félix Da Costa, born on August 31, 1991 has been delivering impressive results ever since he started karting at the age of 9.

F1weekly would like to thank him for answering our questions and wish him new conquests in his racing career.

Q: Formula 1 is your goal; how was the experience of test driving Force India F1 car in Abu Dhabi last November?

A: Well, was such a good opportunity for me, and I have to thank my management team SOWHAT and Tiago Monteiro and specially Force India, at the beginning was hard for them to believe if I could deliver, fortunately the day was awesome and in the end everybody did a good job!

Q: You have driven both WSR and GP2 cars, what was most impressive about the F1 car?

A: When I tested GP2 I was coming from a second season in formula cars and in Formula Renault 2.0, and the step is huge, I can tell you that the step from GP2 to F1 is almost as big, it’s a shock! Everything just happens really fast, but once you get up to speed its so much fun!

Q: How many laps it took before you felt one and the same with the car?

A: In the whole day I completed 77 laps, my best lap was my last lap, which after 77 laps my physical side wasn’t perfect anymore, so it means that there was a lot more to come, and it’s a positive thing, but I think after 25 laps I started to really going for the push!

Q: The F1 title was decided at Yas Marina circuit; your impression of the facility?

A: I think there were 3 drivers who really deserved it, Vettel, Weber and Alonso, in the end the Red Bull was the best car so it should’ve been one of them to win it, Alonso just makes a big difference inside his head and he almost took it home for that!

Q: In 2010 you were Rookie of the Year in F3 Euro Series and scored three wins; how tough is it to win at this level compared to Formula Renault?

A: F3 is amazing, it’s such a shame it’s loosing its long grids, but I can tell you that it was as competitive as ever! The Euro series is a really well organized championship and the F3 car is the best car for a driver to improve, and if you look to Macau results, the top 6 were from Euro series. It was a learning year for me and I want to thank my engineer Dennis Layher for all the help! I’m pleased with the rookie’s title, but honestly I would love to go back and try to win it!

Q: What were the highs and lows of the 2010 season for you?

A: Was hard in the beginning, was new for everyone, for the team and for me, and we improved along the season so was the low point of this year, but Motopark was really strong in Macau and I’m happy for that, they were my family in the past years, the highest point was for me the F1 test, and the result in Macau, I just arrived directly from the F1 test at Abu Dhabi and we had some problems, p6 was good, and I was the best car from Carlin which I was happy about!

Q: Your favorite track?

A: I would tell you Spa, but now it’s MACAU!

Q: You finished 6th in Macau F3 Grand Prix last year. Do you enjoy street racing as much as at Spa and what is your impression of the Guia circuit?

A: Its amazing, hard to get into the rhythm, specially with 0 hours of sleep, but once you start to get it its so much fun, unfortunately I took it easy and I was only fast in the final race which made me go to p6, but I’m confident for a comeback! And Spa it’s also an extraordinary track, just amazing!

Q: You also raced in two rounds of GP3 last year. How will you compare this car to an F3 machine?

A: F3 is so much better, as a car, the engine, the way it works, the GP3 is heavier, and obviously it’s nice because it’s a bit more modern, paddle shift and that stuff, but F3 is old school and that for a driver is the best!

Q: In late 2009 you signed a driver development agreement with Portugal’s last F1 driver and current GP2 team owner, Tiago Monteiro, how has this programme come along?

A: Perfect I would say, he really believes in me and that’s a key point! Tiago is really clever and he knows the people in F1, this will be important one day when we try to get in there!

Q: Will you race in GP2 this season with Monteiro’s Ocean Racing team?

A: No, the possibility for us now is GP3; it’s where everybody is looking at so Tiago thinks we should be there! Maybe next year I race in Ocean!

Q: Your brother Duarte is also a racing driver. Was there motorsports interest in your family when both of you were kids?

A: Yeah it all started with my dad, he was the CEO of Castrol in Portugal so he was always a bit involved.

Q: What is a day like in your life during the off-season?

A: Gym in the morning and I use the afternoon for me, football games, surfing and hang out with my friends which I don’t get to see along while I’m racing!

Q: Do you follow American racing series like Indy Cars and NASCAR?

A: A bit, if I don’t make it to F1 I grab my bags and go there for sure!

Q: You have extensive and successful karting background what is your advice to young kids who are just starting in karting?

A: It’s so important! But if they really wanna become the best driver, they need to go and learn and race against the best guys, in Italy, now its called the WSK (World Series Karting), where all the factory teams are, I was part of official Tony Kart team, and I learned a lot from them!

— Nasir Hameed

Greetings and racing regards.