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Tiago Monteiro

Full name
Tiago Vagaroso da Costa Monteiro
Born
24th July 1976 (Age 44) - Mussarelos, Porto
Nationality
Portuguese
Portuguese
Years in Database
21
Recent Race
Starts
386 (2)
Wins
18
Poles
15
Podiums
60

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.

World Touring Car Championship and WTCR

Without a future in F1, 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 winner in the series. A career-best third overall in the 2016 WTCC standings, he was leading the 2017 points when he was seriously injured when his brakes failed during a test at Barcelona in September. Out-of-action for over a year, Monteiro finally returned when driving Boutsen Ginion Racing’s Honda Civic Type-R at Suzuka’s World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) round in October 2018. He switched to the sister KCMG team for 2019 and scored a welcome home victory in the third race at Vila Real.

Championship Seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points Results

2020

World Touring Car Cup

All-Inkl.de Munnich Motorsport

16

0

1

0

U

0

2019

World Touring Car Cup

KCMG

30

0

2

1 - 4% win rate

20

107

2018

World Touring Car Cup

Boutsen Ginion Racing

3

0

0

0

U

0

2017

World Touring Car Championship

Honda Racing Team JAS

12

1

7

2 - 17% win rate

8

200

2016

World Touring Car Championship

Honda Racing Team JAS

22

3

7

2 - 10% win rate

3

214

2015

World Touring Car Championship

Honda Racing Team JAS

24

2

4

2 - 9% win rate

7

177

2015

World Endurance Championship

Team ByKolles

1

0

0

0

U

0

2014

World Touring Car Championship

Castrol Honda WTC Team

23 (1)

1

5

0

5

186

2013

World Touring Car Championship

Castrol Honda WTC Team

24

1

5

1 - 5% win rate

8

164

2012

World Touring Car Championship

Tuenti Racing

Honda Racing Team JAS

24

0

1

0

9

95

2011

World Touring Car Championship

Sunred Engineering

24

1

3

0

6

117

2011

Intercontinental Le Mans Cup

OAK Racing

1

0

0

0

U

0

2010

World Touring Car Championship

SR-Sport

22

1

5

2 - 10% win rate

5

177

2009

World Touring Car Championship

Seat Sport Team

24

0

2

0

9

44

2008

World Touring Car Championship

Seat Sport Team

24

0

2

2 - 9% win rate

12

43

2007

World Touring Car Championship

Seat Sport Team

20

1

3

0

11

38

2006

F1 World Championship

MF1 Toyota

Spyker MF1 Racing

18

0

0

0

21

0

2005

F1 World Championship

Jordan Grand Prix

19

0

1

0

16

7

2004

World Series by Nissan

Carlin Motorsport

18

4

9

5 - 28% win rate

2

154

2003

Bridgestone Champ Car World Series

Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing

17 (1)

0

0

0

15

29

2002

FIA International F3000 Championship

Super Nova Racing

12

0

0

0

13

2

2001

FIA GT Championship

Larbre Competition

1

0

1

0

34

4

2001

European F3 Cup

ASM

1

0

0

0

U

0

2000

Green Flag British F3 Championship

ASM

1

0

1

1

U

0

2000

European F3 Cup

ASM

1

0

1

0

U

0

1999

European F3 Cup

ASM

1

0

0

0

U

0

Non Championship Races

Title Date Circuit Laps Position

2009 Le Mans 24 Hours

13/06/2009

Le Mans

382

R

2001 Le Mans 24 Hours

16/06/2001

Le Mans

321

20

1999 Le Mans 24 Hours

12/06/1999

Le Mans

366

17

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