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F1 Preview: Grand Prix de Monaco 2011

Red Bull Racing and Sebastian Vettel are the favorites to win the race in Monte Carlo (Grand Prix de Monaco 2011), on a circuit where the results of the qualifications are decisive for determining the winner.

Formula 1 reaches at the end of this week on the Cote d’Azur, on the famous Monte Carlo Circuit which hosts a race of reference of the season.

It promises to be one of the first races in which the new technical regulation won’t have a significant impact on the show, thanks to circuit’s original configuration which offers virtually no opportunity for overtaking. In addition, DRS system was prohibited in the tunnel during the training and qualifications, and during the race will be activated on the start-finish line, which is relatively short and will not allow pilots to launch decisive attacks.

With the chances of overtaking at Monte Carlo are practically nonexistent, the results from qualification will have a major importance in the final results. And Red Bull Racing is the only team that start from pole position this season, Mark Webber in Barcelona succeeding to interrupt the series begun by his teammate Sebastian Vettel since the start of the season.

Last but not least, the teams have avoided to introduce significant updates on the race cars this weekend, both because of the short time since the Spanish Grand Prix, and because the Monte Carlo Circuit has a unique configuration, which is not found in other stages. An exception to this rule makes Sauber, who will introduce a number of enhancements to the monopost.

Circuit de Monaco Monte Carlo Circuit

Circuit de Monaco is a street circuit laid out on the city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine around the harbor of the principality of Monaco. It is commonly referred to as “Monte Carlo” because it is largely inside the Monte Carlo neighborhood of Monaco. The street circuit has a special status on the competition calendar and a configuration that severely punishes even the smallest error, because of the protective metal barriers positioned at the edge of track. That is why it is however at the same time and a circuit that offers satisfactions for pilots who compete to the limit and establish best performance.

Video RBR simulator – Here are the main characteristics of the Circuit de Monaco:

Technical characteristics of the Monte Carlo Circuit (Monte Carlo,Monaco):

Tour Length – 3.34km (2.075 miles)
Number of laps – 78
Total distance – 260.52km (161.88 miles)
Maximum  Speed – 287,9 kph (178,893 mph) by Robert Kubica (Renault), 2010
Average Speed – 192 km/h
Maximum g force – 5 G
Aerodynamic downforce – Maximum
Brake Wear – medium
Full throttle – 53%
Power loss – 5%
Lap record – 1:14.439 (226,693 kph) by Michael Schumacher (Ferrari), 2004

Results in the last five years:

Season / Winner
2010 Mark Webber (RBR)
2009 Jenson Button (McLaren)
2008 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2007 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
2006 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

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