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GP Monaco 2012: The preview of Formula 1 in Monte Carlo

Preview GP Monaco 2012
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D he Formula 1 is going crazy. And the craziest is yet to come: At the weekend, the sixth round of the season will take place in the alleys of Monte Carlo. The history of the Grand Prix classic is peppered with dramas and sensations. Surprises are more the rule than the exception here - as if it weren't so difficult for bookmakers and experts to make enough predictions this season.

We saw five winners in the first five races. The only constant so far has been inconsistency. Pastor Maldonado's premiere success in Barcelona has recently turned the field upside down. Anyone who can already say which ball will be drawn in the Monaco crash barrier lottery can win a lot of money.

The route: Circuit de Monaco

The Monaco GP is a special case in the Grand Prix Calendar. The veteran among the races. The track is dangerous and narrow. Overtaking is almost impossible. Every mistake is paid dearly. 'It borders on irony that we have successfully fought for more safety on the racetracks all these years and then voluntarily drive in Monaco,' said Michael Schumacher last. Only Ayrton Senna, with six wins, was a guest in the royal box more often than the German.

How dangerous the route is was last shown a year ago: Sergio Perez lost control at the quickest point out of the tunnel his clean and crashed into the gang of the harbor chicane. He watched the race from the hospital. Qualifying is traditionally particularly important in the Principality. Since you can hardly make up positions in the race, the razor blade will be on Saturday.

Fast facts:

Highest lateral acceleration: 3.5 g (for 3 seconds in turn 3 )
Longest full throttle passage (tunnel): 500 meters
Share of braking phases in the lap time: 20 percent
Share of straight lines in a lap: 45 percent
Number of gear changes per lap: 62
Full throttle share on one lap: 44.5 percent
Lowest speed: 50 km /h (Turn 6)
Highest cornering speed: 269 km /h (Turn 2)
Distance from the starting line to the first corner: 150 meters
Top speed: 285 km /h
Fuel consumption: 1.60 kg /lap
Loss of time per 10 kg of additional weight: 0.29 seconds
Tire wear: 2/5

The setup:

Monaco is the track with the lowest average speeds, the tightest corners and the mostSteering movements. Top speed doesn't count here. If you have the most downforce and the best traction, the fastest is the 3.340 kilometer lap. When braking, the cars traditionally show a tendency to understeer, which the engineers try to compensate with a lot of downforce at the front.

The many bumps on the public roads in the Principality also demand everything from the chassis. More ground clearance and a softer set-up not only help cushion the impact, it is also useful for good traction from the many slow corners. When it comes to mechanical grip, the supersoft brand's soft tires, which Pirelli will be using for the first time this year in the street canyons of Monaco, also help.

Technical updates:

The engineers in Monaco don't just have the wings tilted up. The teams often bring completely new parts that have been specially developed for the race in the Principality. Lotus, for example, has already announced that it will be using a completely new rear wing that is supposed to generate a lot of downforce. The former Renault works team will not be the only team with a Monaco package at the 'home game'.

It will also be interesting to see which new parts from Barcelona will be used again. The Barcelona modifications had not had a positive effect on the time monitor for all teams. The drivers, who have not yet had a retirement this year, can also look forward to a new transmission after five races. For the first time, Nico Rosberg gets the newly developed, lighter carbon switch box installed.

The favorites:

'One Nightmare for bookmakers, 'said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner recently. 'Deeply frustrating at times,' added McLaren colleague Martin Whitmarsh. Most fans are happy that the highly paid engineers are groping in the dark and that there is a new winner to celebrate every week. Nobody really understood what was going on in Formula 1. One thing is clear: the key is in the tires. In Monaco too, the one who best brings the 2012 Pirelli rubbers into the work window will win.

On paper, there are two favorites in particular in the Principality. One is called Lewis Hamilton, the other Pastor Maldonado. Both are proven Monaco specialists who were able to win in all classes on the Côte d'Azur even before Formula 1 times. Hamilton was the fastest man recently in Barcelona, ​​but was slowed down by the refueling error in qualifying. For Maldonado, in addition to his Monaco talent, the unbelievably good traction of the Williams speaks.

Anyone who has bet money on the favorites this year has not been happy so far. From a purely statistical point of view, last year's winner Sebastian Vettel is always onegood tip. Nico Rosberg is also traditionally very fast in his adopted home. Mercedes team-mate Michael Schumacher, however, has no chance with his five starting places penalty. On the other hand, you have to watch out for the Lotus cars that have always been at the front. And don't forget Fernando Alonso in the re-energized Ferrari. Or will Sauber manage the sensation in the end?

Expert opinion GP Monaco: Matt Morris (chief designer Sauber)

'The biggest challenge when tuning the cars is to get as much mechanical grip as possible We'll be back in Monaco with the Barcelona Development Package. For the first time this season, the super soft tire will be used on a race weekend. We tried it out briefly in the winter tests in Barcelona. I don't see any reason why we're not in should be able to get this tire to work in Monaco as well. '

' The track was re-paved in some places, including in the braking zone after the tunnel, so that the bump should now have disappeared there too When designing the C31 one of the goals was to improve the behavior when driving over curbs, so I assume that we will be better in this area than a year ago. We have been strong this season, and I am confident that we can also achieve a good result in Monaco. '

This is how the race went last year: (GP Monaco 2011)

In 2011 the king of Monaco was Sebastian Vettel. In a turbulent race, the future world champion was able to secure his first victory in the principality. Even two safety car phases and a break in the race could not disturb the Heppenheimer. After a mass crash in the swimming pool area, the race management stopped the Grand Prix for 21 minutes in order to salvage all the wrecks.

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button finished on the other podium places after an exciting three-way battle for victory. Vettel had the slower car, but was able to defend the top position again and again with a risky one-stop strategy. His competitors, who each changed tires twice, ran straight to the finish line in the slipstream of the Red Bull, but were unable to attack the German.

Next to Vettel, Lewis Hamilton was the most noticeable driver of the race in sixth place. Initially, the McLaren driver had met Felipe Massa in the tunnel, which led to the Ferrari crashing and the first safety car phase. Later he pushed Pastor Maldonado's Williams into the gang, which gave him a time penalty of 20 seconds. Even after the race, Hamilton still wrote headlines when he publicly vented his displeasure with the race management.

In our gallery we have the best pictures from last year again.


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