Monteiro joins WTCC
7 March 2007 – Former Jordan and Midland F1 driver Tiago Monteiro has joined Seat in the WTCC. The Portuguese driver will join the team after the opening round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, making him the fifth official SEAT Sport pilot - alongside Jordi Gené, Michel Jourdain Jr, Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini.
Although not racing, Monteiro will travel to Curitiba in Brazil for this weekend's opening rounds of the WTCC, in order for him to get to know all the components of the team and gain knowledge of the format of a hectic WTCC race meeting. He will make his WTCC race debut at Zandvoort in The Netherlands (May 5/6), rounds 3/4 of the series.
Monteiro's introduction to the SEAT León WTCC and SEAT Sport was when he tested the car in Valencia recently. He demonstrated his desire to join to the team and move to the WTCC then, and all parties have been working hard to secure this deal ever since.
Tiago Monteiro commented on his move from F1 to WTCC: "Obviously I am very satisfied with the agreement reached with SEAT Sport to become an official team driver. Since testing the car in Valencia, I realised that the team has great experience and can compete at the highest professional level. With the team's help I am sure that I will be able to learn rapidly in such a different championship and to be among the best as soon as possible."