Sebastian Vettel came agonisingly close to a points finish at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, the German finished the race in eleventh place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The four-time World Champion will be hoping for one better this weekend at the historic Monaco Grand Prix, a race which Vettel believes “every driver has special memories of”. The German will be in desperate need of a good Qualifying, with only two overtakes happening on average at the Circuit de Monaco since 2018.
Vettel is expecting a physical affair, where endurance will play a key part.
“Every driver has special memories of Monaco and wants to create more, and we all know that some of the most famous moments in Formula One history happened here. I think this will be a physical Grand Prix where drivers will hustle the cars that bit more than they have in the past, so there will be an element of endurance too.”
“Qualifying will be an even greater test” – Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll was much further off the points than his team-mate in Spain, and will be hoping for a much stronger weekend at Monaco.
Qualifying is already extremely important around the streets of Monte-Carlo, however, with this year’s cars being as heavy and big as they are, Stroll’s expecting Saturday to be even more important.
“Monaco is the race we all wait for every year, it’s such a unique challenge and the purest street circuit of them all. These cars are so much more of a handful in the more tricky, tighter corners, so qualifying will be an even greater test of driver and machine. Considering how hard it is to pass in Monaco, it’s also a challenge that will define the weekend.”