The Monaco Grand Prix, one of the undoubted highlights of the Formula One calendar, takes place around the streets of Monte Carlo on Sunday 29 May. Round Six of the 2011 World Championship is scheduled just one week after the Spanish Grand Prix, presenting a challenge for the teams to pack up and change location along the Mediterranean.
The 3.340km circuit winds round the streets of the principality with eight left and 11 right turns. Monacowill see the debut of the Pirelli super soft compound as the option tyre denoted by red markings. Mercedes-Benz powered cars have taken seven wins and 13 podiums at the Monaco Grand Prix.
For Ross, “the Monaco Grand Prix presents a very special challenge and is one of those race weekends that everyone really enjoys. It’s also a race track where you never know what can happen, and the experience of winning at Monaco is something very special. Over the last three race weekends, I have been pleased with how the team and drivers have performed, and we have seen a steady improvement in our consistency. We need to find more performance and more speed from the car, and will continue to work hard at this, both at the factory and in Monaco.”
Norbert is also looking forward to the weekend as Mercedes-Benz has fond memories of great wins at Monaco: “Everyone in our team is looking forward to the classic race around the streets of Monte Carlo next weekend. The Monaco Grand Prix is probably the most famous and best known motorsport event worldwide, and Mercedes-Benz has fond memories of great wins there. Logistically this race is always a challenge for the team and the organisers as it takes place just seven days after the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. But still, everyone loves the race, and we hope for a good result and better speed compared to the top of the field than we had in Barcelona.”