Exclusive - Speed and Monteiro on 2006 10 Nov 2006
Despite neither scoring a point, Toro Rossos Scott Speed and Spyker MF1s Tiago Monteiro have enjoyed a rewarding 2006 season. Although Speed finished eighth in Australia, he ultimately lost out on a point after receiving a 25-second penalty for ignoring yellow flags. Monteiro, meanwhile, never came close to bettering his third place in last seasons Indianapolis race, but almost won a lone point after finishing ninth in Hungary. Both talk exclusively to Formula1.com
Scott Speed, Toro Rosso
Championship position: 20th (0 points)
Best race result: 9th (x1) Best qualifying: 11th (x1)
It was great...Since I was a child I wanted to be in F1! And now you could say: "an American, who has always dreamt of F1?!" Yes, that's true. Formula One is the pinnacle of motor racing and I'm sure every driver desires to be one of the few lucky people who can jump into a Formula One car. This was my professional aim and the reason why I decided to leave America to come and live in Europe. It was a big choice, but that was the smartest move in my life!
Thanks to Red Bull, which has believed in me and backed me in my career, I have now lived my first season in F1, and it's been a dream come true. It's not been easy, Formula One requires a full commitment and big energies, in and outside the track. It was hard job but also good fun. Nothing can replace experience, especially in this series, and if I didn't have any at the beginning of the season, now I know I can really start using what I have learnt, which is really a lot. The team is great and we have grown up together. We have moved forward also thanks to a fantastic team spirit. You can feel a lot of passion in these people and I'm sure Scuderia Toro Rosso will soon show great abilities and skills...don't you think we have already shown something...that's still nothing!
Tiago Monteiro, Spyker MF1
Championship position: 21st (0 points)
Best race result: 9th (x1) Best qualifying: 15th (x1)
I've just finished my second year in F1 and I am very excited about it actually! I have enjoyed it like the first one, but learned and evolved even more than the previous! We had some ups and downs, but on the performance level we were so much better than last year even though we never had some of the great opportunities like in 2005.
It was good to get in the second part of qualifying a few times and some very competitive races as well. The team evolved as well and we worked well together to try, and get this much looked for point! I want to thank the whole team, Midland, Spyker MF1 and my sponsors for another great year!
I am now looking forward to my management to quickly finalize the deal for next year so we can start working on the new car!
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