Monaco GP Preview – Wolff: “We’ll be looking to maximise every opportunity”

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Mercedes released the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix preview featuring comments from team boss Toto Wolff. You can read the full preview below!

“We were treated to a thrilling Spanish Grand Prix last weekend and for us, there was a lot of encouragement to take from it,” Wolff said.

“We are learning about this car all the time and bringing improvements to it, and in Barcelona we made a good step in the right direction.

“It was fantastic to see George battling with the Red Bulls to earn a well-deserved podium finish, while Lewis’ fight back through the field from P19 to P5 was incredibly impressive.

“Now, we quickly move onto the next race. Nothing quite rivals the glitz of Monaco, and it’s a true joy to see the drivers pushing their cars to the limit, threading their way through the narrow streets.

“It’s a unique and incredibly demanding track, with an intense level of focus required to complete each lap. Monaco hasn’t always been our happiest track, and slow-speed corners haven’t been our strength this season as we saw in Barcelona.

“But we’ve seen so far this year that anything can happen and we’ll be looking to maximise every opportunity,” the Austrian concluded.

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Fact File: Monaco Grand Prix

  • The Circuit de Monaco is F1’s shortest track layout, at just 3.337 km in length. This is almost one kilometre shorter than the next shortest, which is Zandvoort.
  • It also has the shortest run from pole position to the first braking zone on the 2022 F1 calendar, at just 114 metres. This means there is less opportunity to make a move on the opening lap.
  • Just 42% of the lap time in Monaco is taken at full throttle, the lowest figure of all the F1 tracks on this year’s schedule.
  • It’s a fairly busy lap when it comes to gear changes, with 52 taking place each lap, but given the short track and the lack of long straights, other tracks such as Baku (68) feature many more gear changes.
  • From the seven races in F1’s inaugural 1950 season, five of them remain on the calendar in 2022: the British, Monaco, Belgian, French and Italian Grands Prix. And four of the tracks still host F1 races today: Silverstone, Circuit de Monaco, Spa-Francorchamps and Monza.

Source: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

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