19 May


2014 MONACO GRAND PRIXVIEW


Leafield Technical Centre, UK - 19th May 2014

Quick description
Needs high brake cooling to avoid callipers overheating, but brake wear is not an issue
Low aero efficiency circuit so maximum downforce is needed
Very low grip, especially on Thursday in FP1 and Saturday in FP3
Track improves considerably over race weekend
All setup changes between sessions are usually overshadowed by track improvement
Highest percentage of low speed corners of all circuits
T6 is the season's slowest corner
Very high probability of safety cars
Marshals are generally very efficient at clearing debris

Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: medium
Overtaking chance: low
Kerbs: low / medium
Ride height setting particularity: no need for much higher ride height than standard tracks (compared to previous years)
Engine severity: low
Gearbox severity: high
Lat/Long grip: longitudinal
Aero eff ratio: very low
Track grip evo during w/e: very high
Aero settings: very high (max)
Brake wear severity: medium / high
Brake cooling necessity: very high

Quotes

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10: ďNext itís Monaco, one of the most famous races in the world. I like the challenge of the circuit, I think every driver does, but there is so much going on all over Monaco for the whole week itís pretty intense. Sometimes you just need to focus on your job but thatís almost impossible while the race week is on, so I like to do the best work I can for the team on track.

ďMonacoís also one of the shortest tracks of the year, and because itís not a really high speed circuit itís one where the gap to the cars ahead is always less. Thatís obviously good for us as one of the smaller teams as it means we have a better chance to do something special and I think it would be a fair reward for us to have something to celebrate after a couple of tough last races. I know that everyone in the team is working even harder than ever to fight back from where we are right now Ė the amount of hard work and effort thatís always put in is one of the things that most impresses me about our team whenever Iím on track or at the factory, and itís about time our luck changed.

ďEven though we only tested for one day in Spain, we still achieved a lot there. We were doing more aero evaluations of the new parts we took to Barcelona and were also looking closely at why we couldnít get the tyres working over the whole weekend in Spain. The good news is that the tests allowed us to assess alternative setups that pointed to a very clear direction for future development so we can overcome the problems we had in Spain. I also want to thank the whole team for working even harder than ever to prepare the cars for Monaco after what was a pretty big accident I had at the end of day one - now weíll take everything we have to Monaco and aim for a much better weekend there.Ē

Marcus Ericsson, car #9: ďAs a rookie Monaco is obviously one of the races youíre most excited about, and Iím no different! I obviously have a lot of experience of racing there in GP2, I finished on the podium in 2012 with iSport, but racing F1 cars around Monaco is one of the things Iíve dreamed about ever since I first wanted to be in F1, and I canít wait to get started.

ďItís also going to be a very special race for all Swedish fans as itís 40 years since Ronnie Peterson won in Monaco in 1974. Itís a huge honour for me to be another Swedish F1 driver following in his footsteps, especially as he and I come from the same part of Sweden, and while I know we wonít be competing for a win like he was, I want to do the best job I can to pay homage to him and his legacy. Iíve obviously been asked a lot about what Senna meant to me over the last few weeks, but I always say itís Ronnie that really inspired me, obviously not because I saw him race, but because where Iím from in Sweden, Kumla, Ronnie is the number one hero. We have a couple of very cool things planned to celebrate his memory over the race week and Iím sure itíll be emotional for the people who are in the paddock today who remember him. If I can give them something to cheer for, that would be pretty cool for them and our whole team.

ďIn GP2 the race week is obviously very different to F1 for the drivers, but I know that the one of the main things is to switch off all the distractions whenever Iím in the car and focus on doing the best job I can on track. I have a few events going on over the week, and Iím sure theyíll be good, but really itís about giving ourselves the best chance to take advantage of anything that happens on track in quali and the race so that means making every lap count on Friday and Saturday. Itís almost inevitable that there will be a higher retirement rate than weíve seen in the last couple of races, and that may give us a chance, but we need to be there when it counts and thatís what I want to focus on.Ē

The Monaco Grand Prix lowdown with Renault Sport F1 track support leader, Cedrik Staudohar:

Main challenges of Monaco for the Power Units:
ďMonaco is not a power sensitive track since less than 30secs of the lap is spent at full throttle. We therefore focus on delivering good driveability into and out of the slow corners. With the increased torque this year getting the correct settings will be even more crucial as if we deliver too much or too little the driver could finish in the barriers!Ē

Main energy recovery points:
ďWe use a lot of energy over one lap but it is relatively easy to recover with the high number of slow corners. The driver seems to be on the brakes for most of the lap, allowing the MGU-K to recover energy on a regular basis.Ē

Difficulty rating:
ďIt depends on the component. For the ICE itís very easy but for the MGU-K and battery relatively difficult. Overall Iíd rate it towards the lower end of the scale as the lap is short you can arrive at a good set-up quite quickly.Ē

What to watch out for:
ďThe noise of the cars should reverberate round the buildings and be much more impressive for those nostalgic for the roar of the V8s!Ē

posted at 20:04:00 on 05/19/14 by webmaster - Category: races