- What can the team do to help the driver get into the rhythm?
"The driver needs to be able to trust the car from the beginning, to then carefully approach the ideal lap. So, the team tries to hit the ground running by providing a car that inspires confidence from the moment the driver first leaves the pits on Thursday.
"At other races, the team might bring new items to be tested on a Friday, but in Monaco every minute of the Free Practice sessions is devoted to finding the ideal car set-up. The way the team approaches the set-up process also differs from other races. The front ride height, for example, is usually a little higher on the first run in Monaco than it would be at other races.
"This makes it easier for the driver to choose his braking points as it limits the risk of heavy bottoming. The front ride height is then lowered more and more over the course of the sessions as the driver gains confidence once he's found where the bumps in the track are.
"Making the most out of the practice sessions is particularly important because he can easily complete an entire session and only get a handful of clear laps, where he's not in traffic. It's up to the team to plan accordingly and find a good moment to leave the garage, enabling the driver to get in consistent laps.
"It also means that the driver needs to manage his position on track on Thursday and Saturday. Four or five seconds to the car in front is usually enough room in Monaco whereas a three-second gap makes the car in front a hindrance."