2023 Monaco Grand Prix

Published on
28 May 2023
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Dave Robson, Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant react after the Grand Prix

Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance: A tricky race with some graining on the slicks early in the race for both cars. This was worse than we expected and so we need to understand why that was.
Logan suffered a puncture shortly after fitting his only set of Hard tyres and so it became a difficult day for him, but he got some very valuable experience, especially of driving in the wet in Monaco.
Once the rain started, it was difficult to generate temperature in the tyres and brakes but once we were able to push a bit harder, the grip improved quite quickly. Our pace wasn’t too bad, but with overtaking difficult, we weren’t able to make any more positions.
Attention now turns to Barcelona and the revised track layout.
Alex Albon: It was a boring but tough race; the rain was fun and created something but it didn’t really change our result or shake things up as much as I thought it would. A lot of drivers started on the Hard tyres which created a bit of a train but the Hard tyre was so much better than the Medium tyre. It was basically a race you wanted to be on the Hard tyres as soon as possible. We tried to hold onto it a little bit and grained massively on the Mediums. The pace was good for a short time but once the tyres overheated, it was difficult to do anything more.
Logan Sargeant: Definitely a tough one. It started okay with the first ten laps or so then I had a lot of degradation on the Medium tyre. Once we did get on the Hard we had a puncture within a couple of laps and so had to box for the Quali tyre and take that long, so that was far from ideal. Once the rain came it was about learning about the Inter tyre. I had a couple of small lock-ups in the wet which I need to clean up so, all in all, not a great day but we’ll take what we can from it and move on. There are positives; I’ve driven the car in the wet now so I know what it’s like and I don’t think it was too bad at times, just suffered with a lot of deg. It would have been interesting to see how that Hard stint went so it was unfortunate to pick that puncture up. I’m on the sim Tuesday so we’ll reset and go to Barcelona. I’m good around there, I love it, it’s a track I know well and we’ll aim to get things going in a better direction.
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