The tough streets of the Principality will host the fifth round of the series this weekend and will provide the drivers with a fascinating and thorough challenge. In order to come away from Monaco with a good result, teamwork will need to be perfect.
The iconic Monte Carlo street course will be home to the fifth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship this weekend, as the series goes back underway one week after the previous event at Montmelò. The Catalunya venue only saw Trident Motorsport get close to the points zone with Calan Williams, who was 11th in the Feature Race. After his win in the opening round at Sakhir and one second-place finish at Jeddah, Richard Verschoor did not make it to the points zone in Imola and Barcelona. For the Dutchman, who stands seventh in the driver championship, and for the whole Trident Motorsport stable, the goal is now to recreate the momentum that was interrupted in Italy and get back into the fight for the leading positions starting from the incoming event. On the other hand, Williams almost got to the points zone in the Feature Race in Spain after stalling from the pole position in the Sprint Race. The 21-year-old Aussie will make his Monte Carlo debut, while Verschoor already raced there in 2021, achieving a sixth place.
Monte Carlo is one of the most fascinating and unpredictable events of the season, and to come out of the Principality with a good result, qualifying will be pivotal. The track is extremely narrow and leaves only the slightest margin for overtaking. The legendary Nelson Piquet defined racing at Monte Carlo as “Riding a bicycle in your living room”. Nonetheless, it is a challenge which all driver relish as it puts their skills to the ultimate test, requiring absolute precision.
The 3.337-kilometer circuit will feature a 30-lap Sprint Race and a 42-lap Feature Race, which will be on Sunday instead of Saturday like in the past. Monte Carlo is also the slowest track on the calendar, with hairpins featuring the lowest speeds of the season. Downforce is crucial, while the hot air can generate brake temperature issues. The racing surface is also bumpy, so the set-up must keep the tires glued to the ground at all times. Traction is extremely important, as well as driving precision. There is no margin to recover from a mistake.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“Monte Carlo offers no room for mistakes in practice, qualifying, and race day. Our drivers will need to maximize Thursday’s free practice session to provide the engineers with the best possible feedback in order to find the correct set-up choices. The tight streets of Monte Carlo don’t offer much room for overtaking, and, as a consequence, qualifying will be key. After Trident Motorsport went back to victory at the start of the season, we lost a bit of sharpness at Imola and Montmelò. Our goal is to do well at Monte Carlo and get back to the level we had at the beginning of the year”.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship cars will be on track for the first time on Thursday at 17:05 with the Free Practice session. Qualifying will be on Friday, with the participants split into two groups due to the small track size. The Sprint Race will be held on Saturday at 17:40, while the Feature Race will complete the weekend on Sunday morning at 9:50 AM. All race activities will be broadcasted by the Sky Sports F1 networks.