WTCR Q&A: Tiago Monteiro – Eurosport
Tiago Monteiro his home rounds of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup firmly in the fight for the title after his season opener win in Germany. Ahead of the WTCR Race of Portugal at Circuito do Estoril, here’s what the Honda-powered ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport driver had to say.
Usually you have good performances in Portugal, is it due to your knowledge of the slopes or just your motivation to win at home?“None of those actually. I think the motivation is strong, but I try to be strong everywhere, whether in China, Germany or elsewhere. We are professionals and we want to play everywhere. I think. that the main one was that we were strong in Vila Réelle because our car was very strong on the street tracks.If you look at Vila Real, Macau, Marrkaech for example, we have always been strong and I love the street tracks. It’s a good advantage for us to be on those rough tracks with those high curbs etc etc. But that said I also won in Estoril and Portimão so maybe knowing the track helps a little bit. But when you look at the competitors, they’ve all been here a few times and we all know it really well so I think it’s a combination of all of that. “
Did the improvements you made during the winter work as expected?“Yes definitely. We have worked every winter to try to improve the car. We have the oldest car on the grid and we have worked hard to develop as much as possible what is possible and, yes, the improvements so far have been good. Like I said the Nordschleife is an unusual track and we can’t wait to see where exactly we are on more regular race tracks. “
How will the weather affect you and the car this weekend?“Of course the tires will suffer, the pilots too and always the mechanical part. When it’s hot like that, everyone struggles. The heads heat up, everyone gets tired a little more and mistakes can happen, both from a mechanic, a pilot or a mechanical problem and it happens more easily when everything gets very hot. It can have an influence but it is a similar situation for everyone and we have to do the best job possible, better than them.
Do you think if you have a good weekend you could be the best Honda rider for the title fight?“Definitely. Of course that’s my goal. We all start with a clean slate at the start of the season and we know that the first few races are very important for the status of the teams. We know it’s a series of drivers but we also have to work for the brand and once you have the positioning of the drivers within the team it makes sense that everyone is working to help. I really want to maintain this position and continue. That’s my goal definitely . “
Thanks to Fábio Mendes, AutoSport