2016 MONACO GRAND PRIXVIEW
“When I think of Monaco I always remember the first time I drove there in a Formula 1 car and went at full speed… The first lap was a bit scary, as it’s so narrow! Racing in Monaco is therefore always a challenge as you are always very close to the walls, especially at Turn 4 and in the final sector, from Turn 13 to 19. I enjoy driving at Turns 3 and 4, they are nice and fast. Turn 6 is definitely the slowest corner on track and the braking when arriving at Turn 10 is always challenging. Turns 13 and 14 are the fastest and you need to be brave there! It’s a very specific and special track, with such a big history, it always takes your breath away when you drive there.
You constantly need to keep your concentration levels to the absolute limit, and this year will be no
“Monaco is one of my favorite tracks because it’s so special – not only for me, but for all drivers. It’s such an exciting and challenging race weekend! Turn 1, especially at the start of the race, is very tight and only one car at a time can go through there, so it’s easy to see massive traffic jams there if you start from the middle or back of the grid – sometimes you nearly need to stop the car at that first corner. Turns 3 and 4 are probably the most glamorous corners of the Championship, as we go past the casino and the Café de Paris. It’s a very special feeling to drive through here the first time, as well as it being one of the most challenging parts of the track. Turns 5, 6, 7 and 8 I’d call the slow part of the track, with Turn 6 being the slowest of the whole season – it’s done in first gear and full steering lock. Then it’s flat out through the tunnel, even though it’s always a challenge to go flat out during the first lap of the weekend in FP1… You always want to do it but then you end up doing a small lift just to be safe, waiting for your confidence to build up! Turn 10 is the bumpiest corner and braking of the calendar I’d say – you just need to check my onboard from last year’s race with Ericsson to see what I mean! Turns 12, 13 and 14 are the fastest and nicest corners – this is my favorite part of the track and I can’t wait to be racing there again this weekend!”