Tiago Monteiro

Full Name:
Tiago Vagaroso da Costa Monteiro
Born:
24th July 1976 (Age 42)
Mussarelos, Porto
Nationality:
Portuguese
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The 2005 United States Grand Prix may have been one of the most regrettable days in the sport’s history but it provided Tiago Monteiro with his greatest moment. The Michelin-shod teams withdrew on safety grounds after the parade lap and only the six cars with Bridgestone tyres were left to race. Behind an inevitable 1-2 for Ferrari, Monteiro won the Jordan versus Minardi contest to claim a joyous podium finish.

Early racing career

He began racing in the 1997 French Porsche Carrera Cup and won the rookie title before switching to Formula 3 a year later. Four seasons in French F3 began with Signature Plus and he switched to ASM’s Dallara-Renault from 1999. A winner at Albi that year, he was runner-up for the next two seasons when deprived of the title by Jonathan Cochet in 2000 and Ryo Fukuda a year later.

Monteiro graduated to Formula 3000 in 2002 with Super Nova and fifth at Hockenheim was his only points score of the season. He tested for Renault Formula 1 that winter but raced in the 2003 Champ Car World Series with the new Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing. México City was his most competitive weekend when he converted a front row start into sixth at the finish.

His ambitions remained in Europe however. Monteiro then finished as runner-up in the 2004 World Series by Nissan for Carlin Motorsport and tested for Minardi at Vallelunga that autumn.

Formula 1 with Jordan

It was still a surprise when he joined Jordan Grand Prix for the 2005 F1 World Championship. These were the final days before Eddie Jordan sold out and the team was normally found near the back of the field. But that US GP farce gave Monteiro his moment in the spotlight when he beat team-mate Narain Karthikeyan to claim third position.

Jordan sold his team to Alex Shnaider and Monteiro remained with the renamed Midland F1 concern. The new owner was soon discouraged as his team failed to score a point all year.

Career after Formula 1

Without an F1 future, Monteiro raced in the World Touring Car Championship for SEAT from 2007 and soon won races. He also headed the consortium that bought the BCN GP2 team at the end of 2008 – running the renamed Ocean Racing Technology in that series until 2012. In the WTCC, he switched to Honda in 2012 and continues to be a race winning driver in the series. He finished in a career-best third overall in the 2016 WTCC standings.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2019 World Touring Car Cup
KCMG
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
20
2018 World Touring Car Cup
Boutsen Ginion Racing
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
2017 World Touring Car Championship
Honda Racing Team JAS
12 1 7 2
17% win rate
8th 200
2016 World Touring Car Championship
Honda Racing Team JAS
22 3 7 2
10% win rate
3rd 214
2015 World Endurance Championship
Team ByKolles
1 0 0 0 0
2015 World Touring Car Championship
Honda Racing Team JAS
24 2 4 2
9% win rate
7th 177
2014 World Touring Car Championship
Castrol Honda WTC Team
23 (1) 1 5 0
0% win rate
5th 186
2013 World Touring Car Championship
Castrol Honda WTC Team
24 1 5 1
5% win rate
8th 164
2012 World Touring Car Championship
Honda Racing Team JAS
Tuenti Racing
24 0 1 0
0% win rate
9th 95
2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
OAK Racing
1 0 0 0 0
2011 World Touring Car Championship
Sunred Engineering
24 1 3 0
0% win rate
6th 117
2010 World Touring Car Championship
SR-Sport
22 1 5 2
10% win rate
5th 177
2009 Le Mans Series 26th 6
2009 World Touring Car Championship
Seat Sport Team
24 0 2 0
0% win rate
9th 44
2008 World Touring Car Championship
Seat Sport Team
24 0 2 2
9% win rate
12th 43
2007 World Touring Car Championship
Seat Sport Team
20 1 3 0
0% win rate
11th 38
2006 F1 World Championship
Spyker MF1 Racing
MF1 Toyota
18 0 0 0
0% win rate
21st 0
2005 F1 World Championship
Jordan Grand Prix
19 0 1 0
0% win rate
16th 7
2004 World Series by Nissan
Carlin Motorsport
18 4 9 5
28% win rate
2nd 154 (162)
2003 Bridgestone Champ Car World Series
Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing
17 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 29
2002 FIA International F3000 Championship
Super Nova Racing
12 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 2
2001 European F3 Cup
ASM
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
2001 FIA GT Championship 34th 4
2000 European F3 Cup
ASM
1 0 1 0
0% win rate
0
1999 European F3 Cup
ASM
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0