Former F1 driver Tiago Monteiro will be celebrating his 35th birthday today!
Born on this date in the city of Oporto as Tiago Vagaroso da Costa Monteiro, the Portuguese driver contested 37 Grands Prix with the Jordan and MF1 teams between 2005-6.
While well short of having the competitive package he deserved in either year, Tiago set a then-record of 18 consecutive finishes in his debut season. His first points’ finish came in the farcical six-car United States Grand Prix, where he was the best non-Ferrari in the field to claim the final podium spot. He earned another point with a fine drive to eighth at the rain-affected Belgian Grand Prix.
His second season produced few highlights – and a couple of collisions with team-mate Christijan Albers – and he found himself with a drive at the end of the year.
Post-F1, Tiago has been a mainstay in the World Touring Car Championship with SEAT, having won four races to-date.