Tiago Monteiro was left feeling frustrated after the fourth round of the World Touring Car Championship at Pau, the former F1 driver coming away as the only SEAT Sport driver failing to score.
Having been unable to score at the preceding Valencia round too, a less ballasted Monteiro was confident of repeating the form that took him to his maiden touring car podium last season around the French circuit.
However, having struggled to dial into the changeable conditions in qualifying to start down in ninth, Monteiro was then caught up the in first lap pile lap that caused the race to be restarted. Although he would reach the start again, a heavily damaged rear-end scuppered his hopes of doing any better than 13th.
"A car hit me and sent me onto Zanardi and several cars left crosswise. The rear of my SEAT León was destroyed and when the snarled pack became untangled with the help of the stewards I had lost several places and my race was already compromised."
Still, having shown comparable pace in a dry race one, Monteiro was coyly eyeing points for the second event. However, when the heavens opened, overtaking became even more treacherous than normal, restricting the Portuguese driver to an eventual tenth place finish.
"My times in the first race were as good, event though I was constantly caught up in the very dense traffic in the streets of Pau. With a sliver of success I knew that I could score points in the second race but the rain washed away our plans. It was the first time that we drove in the wet conditions here and it is an experience to remember for next time."