Is Monaco the toughest track for driver workload?
Monaco is a punishing track with no run-offs, just concrete walls and barriers, and the relentless nature of the circuit is what makes it so special, creating a unique challenge for the drivers.
"For me, personally, in terms of workload for the driver, Monaco is the toughest because there is no time to rest" said Valtteri. "It is literally corner after corner, and even the straights aren't really straight, you are always turning even just a little bit.
"The main straight is the biggest, if not the only, breathing space a driver gets and even that goes pretty quickly in an F1 car! It's definitely a challenge."
All F1 tracks come with their own challenges and interesting characteristics, whether it's on the streets of Monte Carlo or around sweeping, high-speed circuits such as Silverstone or Suzuka, which put the driver through much higher g-forces and include a wider range of corner types.
In Monaco, though, that challenge and intensity is crammed into a super-short, super-quick lap that requires maximum precision and maximum concentration. There's no relenting. One slip of focus, and the driver and team's hard work will be wiped away.