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Monaco GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

25 - 28 May
Round 6 of 20
24 May 2017
Circuit de Monaco, Monaco

Winning the Monaco Grand Prix earns a driver respect like no other. At little over two miles, the shortest lap on the calendar is also one of the most challenging. To drive on the absolute limit for two hours, persisting with lines not more than inches from the barriers without conceding a single mistake, is a task former Williams driver Nelson Piquet once compared to trying to race a bicycle around your living room. It’s not by chance that some of the sport’s greatest names, such as Graham Hill, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher were masters of the principality.

MILESHOURS TO TRAVEL

TOTAL MILESHOURS TRAVELLED THIS SEASON

TYRE ALLOCATION

  1. ULTRASOFT
  2. SUPERSOFT
  3. SOFT
  4. MEDIUM
  5. HARD
  6. INTERMEDIATE
  7. WET

For Monaco, Pirelli has made available the ultrasoft, supersoft and soft tyres. 

DRIVER TYRE SELECTION

Circuit

Direction
Clockwise
Lap Distance
3.337km
Longest Straight
669m
Top Speed
299kph
Average Speed
150kph
Altitude
5m above sea level
Lap Record
1.17.939
 
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2016

Race

Number of Laps
78
Race Distance
260.286km
Typical Strategy
1 or 2 stop Race
Pitlane Length
316m
Williams Wins
3

Weather

Air Temperature
18°C
Air Pressure
1013mbar
Humidity
59%

FW40

Downforce Level
Maximum
Cooling Requirement
High
Fuel Consumption
1.35kg/lap
Full Throttle
30% of lap
Paddy Lowe

Monaco is the most incredible circuit and one of the highlights of the Formula One calendar. As a race track it is technically very demanding. It is twisty in places and yet surprisingly quick in others, so the car needs to have excellent mechanical qualities whilst also requiring strong aerodynamic performance. The barriers run very close at every point around the track, so there is no room for error and no time for the drivers to rest. There is no such thing as a straight in Monaco! Just a short curve to St. Devote (Turn One) and a long curve through the tunnel. With modern F1 cars, which require a high degree of interaction for configuration of electronic settings on top of the busy workload of this circuit, it presents a real test to the driver. This is particularly challenging in racing conditions when you overlay the demands of strategy and potentially changeable weather conditions. To win the Monaco Grand Prix is therefore a feat of incredible skill and competence, and is rarely achieved without a lot of experience. So, we go to Monaco with Felipe and Lance who are at opposite ends of that experience level. Lance at the age of only 18 faces the unique challenge of taking an F1 car to the streets of Monte Carlo for the first time and Felipe for the fifteenth time. We look forward to an exciting weekend and the best possible results for the team.

Felipe Massa

It will be the first time we go to Monaco with wider cars. So we will need to adapt to the new size for the extremely tight track. It will be challenging, for sure, but it always is in Monaco. It’s going to be an interesting race. It’s a race where anything can happen. Qualifying can be more important than the race, as the position where you start often decides where you will finish, so it’s important to have a good Saturday. Monaco is also like my second home Grand Prix, so I’m really looking forward to it!

Lance Stroll

It goes without saying that I am looking forward to my first Monaco race. It is going to be a special weekend on and off track, as I have some friends coming to see me race there. I have seen the race a couple of times and know the track from video games. I always go on the simulator a few days before leaving for the race so it is fresh in my mind, and then a track walk with my engineers is where I can pick up on the little things. Without doubt it’s going to be tricky. However, this is always the case with street circuits, especially for your first race, but I am going to enjoy the challenge. With the barriers so close there is less room for error, so it is important to build up to quick laps and then really push when it matters.

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