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Formula One race preview: Monaco

Formula One race preview: Monaco

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Race Preview 
2014 MONACO GRAND PRIX
 22-25 MAY 2014
Glamorous, thrilling and unlike any other race on the calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix, round six of the 2014 FIA Formula One orld Championship, is truly a race apart, and this year also has the potential to be
one of the season’s most fascinating.
So far this year, Mercedes has proved to be
he dominant team, it’s F1 W05 Hybrid car
outstripping its rivals by a margin in terms of outright pace. In Monaco, however, that advantage will be reduced. With the circuit eaturing the lowest average speed of the season (158kph/98mph) the Circuit de Monaco levels the power playing field and could give some competitiveness back to
he Silver Arrows’ rivals.
heir ability to take the fight to Mercedes will rest to some degree on their ability to meet
he circuit’s need for high downforce. Teams
ill therefore bring one-off developments to his race in a bid to obtain maximum aerodynamic grip. In terms of mechanical
grip, Monaco’s bumpy streets make car se
t-up tricky but a softer suspension helps in ensuring a good contact patch from tyres and thus improved grip. o further aid the teams in their quest for grip on the winding roads, tyre manufacturer Pirelli is bringing the softest compounds in
CIRCUIT DATA
 CIRCUIT DE MONACO Length of lap:
 3.340km
Lap record
1:14.439
(M Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)
Start line/finish line offset
 0.000km
Total number of race laps
78
Total race distance
260.520km
Pitlane speed limits
60km/h in practice, qualifying and the race
CIRCUIT NOTES
 The track has been resurfaced from the exit of the Casino until the start of the tunnel. Additionally, small sections before the Nouvelle Chicane and Tabac (Turn 12) have been resurfaced.
 The entire pit wall and debris fence has been renewed.
 The TecPro barrier at Turn 12 has
 
its range
. The company’s Soft tyre has been
raced already in Australia, Bahrain and China but its Supersoft tyre is making its first appearance this weekend. Elsewhere, cooling could be another point of interest. Heat has also been an issue at several races this season and Monaco may offer little respite, with cooling opportunities hard to come by on the tight streets of the Principality. hese are just some of the variables at play his weekend. Add in how the new power units respond to the low-speed nature of the rack, the closeness of the barriers and the
risk of costly driver error and this year’s
Monaco Grand Prix could turn out to be one of the most unpredictable for some time.
been more efficiently constrained.
DRS ZONES
 There is a single DRS zone in Monaco, with the detection point located 80m after Turn 16 and the activation point located 18m after Turn 19.
 
Monaco GP Fast Facts 
 This will be the 61st grand prix of the Formula One era. The race, however, dates back to 1929 hen the first event was won by illiam Grover-Williams.
 The driver with the most wins here is Ayrton Senna, with six. His first Monaco win came in 1987 at the wheel of a Lotus 99T. wo years later he began a streak of five straight wins in the Principality, all at the wheel of McLaren machinery.
 The next most successful drivers at the circuit are Graham Hill and Michael Schumacher, both of whom scored five wins. Hill scored a hat-trick of wins between 1963 and 1965 and then landed a double in 1968-
’69.
Schumacher began with a double in 1994-
’95 and then won in 1997, ’99 and 2001.
 The record for pole positions in Monaco is also held by Senna. he Brazilian started from the ront of the grid five times: in
1985, ’88, ’89, ’90 and ’91. The
next most successful in qualifying are Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Alain Prost, with four poles each.
 On the current grid there are six Monaco winners: Kimi Räikkönen (2005), Fernando
 Alonso (2006/’07), Lewis
Hamilton (2008), Jenson Button (2009), Sebastian Vettel (2011) and Nico Rosberg (2013). Alonso scored his wins with two different teams, Renault in 2006 and McLaren in 2007.
 Three rookies will feature this weekend, McLaren
’s Kevin Magnussen, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Caterham’s Marcus
Ericsson. Magnussen raced the circuit twice in Formula Renault 3.5. In 2012 he failed to finish and last year he finished fourth. Ericsson raced here in GP2 four times, starting in 2010 and has one podium finish to his credit, scoring second in 2012 in the feature race. Only Kvyat has no experience of the street circuit.
 With few overtaking opportunities, grid position is all-important here. On the evidence of the past 10 grands prix that would appear to be the case, with the race being won from further back than pole just once
 –
 Lewis Hamilton claiming victory from third on the grid in 2008. However look back at the 10 races prior to that period and the race was won from pole just twice
 –
 Michael Schumacher in 1994 and Mika Hakkinen in 1998.
 Olivier Panis holds the record for victory from the lowest starting position. In 1996, he won the rain-lashed race from 14th on the grid. You have to go back to 1970 to find the next lowest-starting winner, Jochen Rindt, who won from eighth. Prior to that the 1955 race was won by Maurice Trintignant from ninth.
 This year marks the 30th
anniversary of McLaren’s first win
in Monaco. Alain Prost claimed victory ahead of Ayrton Senna and Stefan Bellof (whose was later disqualified) when the race was red-flagged after 31 laps because of heavy rain. Since then the team has won on 14 other occasions, making it the most successful here. Ferrari is second with eight wins.
Monaco GP Race Stewards Biographies
PAUL GUTJAHR
PRESIDENT OF THE FIA HILL CLIMB COMMISSION, BOARD MEMBER AND PRESIDENT OF AUTO SPORT SUISSE SARL
Paul Gutjahr started racing in the late 1960s with Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Lotus and Porsche, then March in Formula 3. In the ear 
ly ‘70s he
became President of the Automobile Club Berne and organised numerous events. He acted as President of the organising committee of the Swiss GP at Dijon between 1980-82. Between 1980-2005 he acted as President of the Commission Sportive Nationale de
l’Automobile Club de Suisse and in 2005 he became President and
board member of the Auto Sport Suisse motor sports club. Gutjahr is President of the Alliance of European Hill Climb Organisers and has been steward at various high-level international competitions. He was

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