Betrayed by a technical failure, Monteiro missed the cut for Q2 and will start both tomorrow’s races from 17th position.
The Portuguese driver explained: “We had a turbo failure this morning in Free Practice 2 and the timeframe to change it was quite short unfortunately and so it was a little bit rushed.
"The turbo was changed but there were some other issues and I couldn’t make one single proper lap because I had to come in all the time with a loss of turbo pressure. It was very frustrating because this is my big event. I will have to try to overtake a few cars tomorrow and give a good show.
"When it happened in Free Practice, I thought ‘at least it’s not Qualifying’ and then everything went like it did. We knew things like this would happen in the first year; the car is only ten months old and the performance is there but we have to sort out some reliability issues. The team is doing a great job, as always, and we have to trust them to find a solution for tomorrow.
"There is lots of pressure on me this weekend; lots of demands, lots of public and lots of fans. It was a great feeling until then, I was very motivated because of that and focused on my Qualifying to fight at the front.”