F1 Monaco GP Preview
Formula 1 heads to the famous Monte Carlo street circuit this weekend, for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Formula 1 heads to the famous Monte Carlo street circuit this weekend, for the Monaco Grand Prix. Many people regard the Monaco Grand Prix to be the greatest circuit in Grand Prix racing, mainly because of the tough street circuit and the fact its set against a beautiful backdrop of fantastic buildings and expensive yachts docked in the Monte Carlo harbor.Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel heads to Monaco with a 41 point lead in the drivers championship. Vettel has won four out of the five Grand Prix races this season, only coming second in China due to deteriorating tyres and a very determined Lewis Hamilton, who managed to pass him 4 laps before the end of the Grand Prix. The Monaco Grand Prix runs for a total of 2.075 miles and takes six weeks to build and three weeks to remove at the end of the race weekend. The track has many elevation shifts and because its a street circuit the road surface is of lesser quality than the dedicated Grand Prix racing circuits. This means that with the rough road surface combined with 18 turns, most of them very low speed and very tight, Formula 1 drivers consider this to be the toughest track for them in the race season. F1 drivers have to devote all their attention to the track as Monaco doesn’t have many run off points, its mainly all walls and crash barriers, this means one mistake can end their race, something numerous drivers found out including Rubens Barrichello last year, after his he spun his Williams car into the barriers on the straight just before the left-hander at Massenet. The 2010 Monaco Grand Prix was a fantastic race. Mark Webber qualified on pole position, and won the race, with team mate Sebastian Vettel coming in second, and Renault’s Robert Kubica finishing third. Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso finished fourth and sixth respectively, with Lewis Hamilton finishing fifth. Nico Rosberg finished seventh in his Mercedes, with Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi finishing eighth and ninth, followed by Toro Rosso driver Sebastian Buemi in tenth.