Tiago Monteiro is hoping to get a renewed contract with SEAT for 2010. The Spanish manufacturer is yet to reveal its plans, but a seriously downscaled program is expected to be announced shortly.
‘Basically, SEAT Sport is not sure what is going to happen,’ Monteiro said to Autosport.
‘Everybody at SEAT Sport wants it to go on and wants to do something – they have 100 people there, they have the cars, the people, the materials – everything is there.
All the driver contracts finish at the end of December, so we are all free agents. Everybody wants to go on, but nobody knows what to do,’ said Monteiro.
New rules are going to be introduced for 2011 and Monteiro believes that 2010 is going to be a transition year.
‘Still my main objective is to try and stay in the WTCC, and especially I would love to stay with SEAT. I really believe in the brand, but I also feel at home there. So I would like to stay. And also, in 2011 I think there will be a rebirth [in the WTCC – new rules, you’ll have new manufacturers, and we also have a strong belief that SEAT will come back strongly.
So 2010 is basically a transition year, and everybody just needs to survive,’ said Monteiro.”