Tiago Monteiro

Monteiro was a late-starter in motor racing and began racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup in France in 1997. He was competitive and decided in 1998 to move to Formula 3 with Signature Competition. He was the rookie of the year in France that year and in 1999 moved to ASM and finished sixth overall in the championship, having scored his first victory at Albi. In 2000 he scored four wins and finished second in the series to Jonathan Cochet. That year he won the international race at Spa and was runner-up at the Korean Superprix. He stayed in Formula 3 again in 2001 and scored four wins but was second again. He moved to Formula 3000 in 2002 with Super Nova Racing and at the end of the year he had his first F1 test with the Renault F1 team. In 2003 he went to America to race in CART with Fittipaldi Dingman Racing and managed to grab pole position in Mexico City. In 2004 he came back to Europe to compete for Carlin Motorsport in the Nissan World Series while also being named as a Minardi test driver. He won four races in the Nissan series but was beaten to the title by Heikki Kovalainen . At the start of 2005 he was name as a Jordan F1 driver, thanks to his links with team boss Trevor Carlin. He did a competent job and was retained by the team (known by then as MF1 Racing) for 2006. It was not an easy season and when the team was taken over once again, this time by Spyker Cars, his future in F1 looked less secure. At the end of 2006 he was replaced by Adrian Sutil.