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2012 Monaco Grand Prix Preview

by Ravi Ved Pics: Dppi Posted on May 16, 2012 16:48 IST 518 Views

A preview of the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix - one of the most tricky and glamorous race on the Formula 1 calendar


Monaco Grand Prix



The 2012 Formula One season kicked off at Australia in March, and what an opening stint it has been so far. Five winners, all from different teams in the first five races of the season, is something so rare that it has taken all of three decades to replicate itself. Even with one-fourth of the season behind us, no driver has an upper hand in the championship as yet. That being said the title fight will intensify further with the renowned Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.






Round six of the 2012 season will take the teams to Monte Carlo, one of the most challenging races on the F1 calendar. It is often called the jewel of the F1 crown mainly for the fact that the circuit demands complete commitment and accuracy from drivers along with discipline and control. The track is extremely tricky and narrow, offering very few opportunities to overtake, making qualifying an extremely crucial affair over the race weekend. In the last decade, only thrice has a driver taken the top spot on the podium without qualifying on pole, which goes to show the importance of having a well set up car for qualifying in Saturday. Further, the Automobile Club de Monaco has recently announced a series of changes ahead of the Grand Prix to enhance the safety of drivers. The primary changes have been made at the exit of the tunnel following Sergio Perez's crash in Free Practice last year. The track surface there was extremely bumpy which has been taken care of by levelling it out and the banking on this section of the circuit has been improved as well. The wall Perez crashed into on the exit of Nouvelle Chicane has also been moved back by 14.6 metres. Changes have been made at the pit exit to allow cars to rejoin the circuit at much higher speeds to allow the cars to seamlessly merge with on-track cars, thus increasing safety.  






With different drivers showing their mettle in different races, so much so that even underdogs like Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez have proved their worth, makes it anyone's game. Lewis Hamilton has shown superior pace, Jenson Button has been down with car trouble, Red Bull's RB8 seems out of sync with the reigning double World Champion Sebastian Vettel and the prancing horse isn’t quite the best in the stable. Michael Schumacher has won at Monaco five times in his career and he will definitely be looking to add to that tally and equal Ayrton Senna’s record six wins in the Principality though his current form and lack of tyre performance will make it highly unlikely. The only other multiple winner at Monaco from the 2012 grid is Fernando Alonso who won in 2006 and 2007 and he’s definitely got the pace after a refreshed F2012 hit the track in Spain. With so much ambiguity in the season and even more drivers standing up to the occasion it won’t be surprising if a sixth driver takes the honours at the Monaco Grand Prix.


One thing’s certain though - Monaco will be as full of glitz and glamour as it has always been with the who’s who of the celebrity world making an appearance track side. While at almost every other race on the calendar, the race is the show, Monaco continues its tradition of the show overshadowing the race itself!

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