May 25 (F1plus Team).- At the Spanish Grand Prix, Heikki Kovalainen was able to go as far as to round two for Qualification, although none of their drivers could finish the race, the Q2 appearance represents an achievement for the team.
Monaco is different circuit, and arguably, the most important or recognized of them all. The amount of slows corners and the lack of high speed straights or turns, makes of this race a busy one for drivers who don’t have a second to relax during the race.
Team Lotus will keep their efforts and get closer to that overall objective of scoring points. Most certainly, they will do so this year, we dear to say.
Not having the KERS in their cars should not have a big impact in this race, since overtaking opportunities are very limited; however, the T128 does have the DRS.
In this sense, Heikki Kovalainen commented: “…you don’t necessarily need the peak performance that you have to have at some of the other circuits, as the demands on aero are lessened by the nature of the track.”
“There has been some talk about the use of DRS there and even though it’s only at certain parts of the track I’ll definitely be using it whenever I’m on full throttle, and I think that’s true for the whole grid. As we don’t have KERS it’s important we use whatever we can to keep fighting so there’s no question of not using it. I’m very comfortable with DRS and I don’t think it’ll be a distraction at all. We’ll just get on with it.”
For Jarno Trulli visiting Monaco means going back to revive old glories. The Italian won there his only F1 race in 2004 on the wheels of a Renault.
The experienced Trulli understands the pressure of the venue and the high pace of the whole event, not just the race. No wonder why the Monaco GP is the most famous of the calendar.
“Monaco is a unique race and one that is challenging, slightly chaotic and a bit mad, for the drivers and all the teams. Everywhere you move there are people who want to come up and say hi, and that’s great but after almost a week it adds to the pressure, but we all just get on with it as it’s the same for everyone.
I’m very proud to have won here and count myself so lucky that I can say I’m a Monaco winner. I remember when I won it was so busy – I went to the dinner with the Prince that night and that was special, but the minutes and hours straight after the race were almost more intense than the race itself!
Once more, the strategy will have a key role in the race. Mechanical grip will be utterly important; hence the tyre management and selection too.
Tony Fernandes, Team Principal, feel very confident in this respect:” I think that Monaco could be another race where we can use the tyres quite aggressively in qualifying and the race, use strategy to give the teams ahead another reason to look over their shoulders and keep on learning, and that is the key to our long-term success.”