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TECH TALK: Monaco

TECH TALK: Monaco

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

"Monaco is a unique circuit requiring unique characteristics from the car, so you can never approach this race with absolute confidence in the performance of your package. That confidence is something which may only grow through the weekend, as the team fine-tunes the car and the drivers dial themselves in to the track. Of all the circuits on the calendar, this is the one where practice is most crucial. If the drivers are to get that ultimate qualifying lap, which is so important given the difficulty in overtaking around Monaco, they need all the track time they can get to find their rhythm. A lap around this circuit requires inch-perfect positioning of the car at every corner – each of which leaves no room for error. It’s a track where driver skill very much comes to the fore – although, as always, the team plays a crucial role in ensuring the car is adapted to the specific demands of the circuit and gives the driver confidence to find the limits. This weekend sees the first appearance of the Ultra Soft tyre – which will be particularly interesting given that even the Super Soft has arguably been too hard for this circuit in recent years. We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of lap time improvement that might bring – and perhaps even a new lap record. It’s set to be an intense battle between ourselves, Ferrari and Red Bull, so we’ll need a perfect weekend to come out on top."

Timetable

Session Local Time (CEST) Brackley (BST) Stuttgart (CEST)
Practice One 10:00 - 11:30 09:00 - 10:30 10:00 - 11:30
Practice Two 14:00 - 15:30 13:00 -14:30 14:00 - 15:30
Practice Three 11:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying 14:00 - 15:00 13:00 - 14:00 14:00 - 15:00
Race 14:00 - 16:00 13:00 - 15:00 14:00 - 16:00

Weather.com Forecast (Accurate as of Monday 23 May)

Day Date Temperature Conditions Precipitation Wind Humidity
Wednesday 25 May 13 - 20°C Partly Cloudy 0% 14mph S 61%
Thursday 26 May 15 - 22°C Mostly Sunny 0% 15mph E 65%
Friday 27 May 17 - 25°C Partly Cloudy 0% 17mph E 50%
Saturday 28 May 16 - 25°C Sunny 0% 17mph E 49%
Sunday 29 May 15 - 23°C Showers 0% 18mph E 62%

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