News Flash

This is a news flash: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso wants to win the Monaco Grand Prix.
“Monaco is one of those races that, at the start of the year, you mark down as one you really want to win,” the reigning double world champion stated. “I took the victory in the grand prix last year, and although it was an emotional weekend it was an amazing feeling, one I will race hard to try and repeat again this season.
“I have not had the results I wanted in the previous two races, however I have kept scoring good points and we have continued to develop the performance of the car.”
Alonso currently sits two points adrift of his team-mate at the top of the drivers’ standings, but is well aware Monaco’s perilous nature and propensity to bite could so easily see that situation dramatically alter with just one wrong flick of the steering wheel.
“At Monaco you have to really keep your concentration at all times and push to the limit,” the 25-year-old underlined. “It is very easy for things to go wrong at this track because it is very narrow and the barriers are very close, but that is why you have to stay focused. Because of the barriers and the need to be very accurate, you do have to use a slightly different driving style here to perform well over the weekend. You tend to be less aggressive in the braking zones.
“You also need to set the car up with a responsive front, so you can be on the throttle as early as possible in the middle section of the corner without waiting for the car to turn; it is ways like this that you can find the milliseconds you need in Monaco.”
The Monaco GP is a prime example of a race weekend as marketing opportunity. If Monaco were to propose a race through the streets for the first time these days, Bernie would surly say no and others would decry the lack of safety.

Credit Crash.net for the quote.