“Driving in Monte Carlo is like riding a bike in your house” – Nélson Piquet
That pretty much sums up my expectations for this weekend’s Monaco, Monte Carlo Grand Prix. This track is considered one of the toughest and most exhilarating on the calender (and for good reason), the Monte Carlo streets are ridiculously tight so there is very little margin for error and can be quite unforgiving in this sense. Over-taking on this track, when it can be done, is startlingly skillful. The challenges of the track translate in to teams having to optimise their qualifying sessions and focusing on the mechanical grip and downforce through the corners. Most drivers will try and aim for a little bit of oversteer in the corners to make the most of being able to accelerate out from the corner sooner.
I have to be honest, it’s one of my favourite races on the calender. It is the first race I remember watching when I was young, and the atmosphere of the weekend epitomizes the sport, absolutely ridiculous.