The driver who gained most from F1's famous farce

The driver who gained most from F1's famous farce

The 2005 United States Grand Prix was one of the most notorious of Formula 1's 999 world championship rounds so far - contested by just six cars. And that meant a driver in one of the slowest machines on the grid got a podium. This is the story of a remarkable day for Tiago Monteiro

Formula 1's 999 previous world championship grands prix have produced plenty of underdog shocks. Whether it's Ivan Capelli's giantkilling efforts in France for Leyton House or Damon Hill's Hungary heartbreak with Arrows, those overachievements are some of the most fondly remembered moments - particularly in an age where F1's big three teams are so dominant.

The current stranglehold is alarming; only two of the 129 podium positions on offer since F1's last major regulations overhaul for 2014 have been scored by a driver outside the ranks of Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull - a situation F1's sporting boss Ross Brawn called "unacceptable".

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