Monteiro Claims Rookie of the Year Honour

Portugal's Tiago Monteiro claimed the accolade of Formula One's most reliable driver on Sunday with his 18th finish in 19 races

Monteiro Claims Rookie of the Year Honour

"To finish the season with such a high record of race finishes, great reliability, best rookie of the year, man of the race in Spa, a podium at Indy, is unbelievable," declared the Jordan driver, who has no confirmed drive for 2006.

"I could not have dreamed of a better first season."

Monteiro's 11th place finish in the season-ending Chinese Grand Prix left him 16th in the championship with seven points. Six of them were scored in the six-car U.S. Grand Prix fiasco at Indianapolis.

The other was an eighth place in Belgium, although McLaren's winner Kimi Raikkonen would quibble at his claim to be man of that race.

He completed all the Grands Prix, with the exception of the last 15 laps in Brazil last month.

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