Fernando Alonso has described the Monaco GP as what every Formula 1 driver lives for. Many drivers are eager to tackle the Principality after the event was cancelled last year for the first time since 1954 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Alonso driver has been victorious at Monaco on two occasions, winning with Renault in 2006 and McLaren in 2007, and has has given some insight into the unique challenges that Monaco provides for the drivers
"There really isn’t a race like it," Alonso told the press. "It’s a very challenging circuit and with the barriers either side of you for the entire lap is a constant reminder you can’t make a mistake. You have to concentrate so hard for the entire race distance.
"But this is what we live for as a Formula 1 driver and I enjoy that thrill you have with the sharp turns and bumps at every corner. The set-up around this circuit is also unique in that it can’t really be compared to any other track. There aren’t many straights and the corners require a car to be tuned with maximum downforce."
Qualifying at Monaco is arguably the most important Saturday session of the season as overtaking is extremely difficult. Despite this, Alonso feels there is still a vital strategic role that Sunday can bring.
"I enjoy the strategic element of Sundays in Monaco," Alonso said. "Qualifying will be very important, just as it was in Spain, so we need to work on maximising our one lap potential to make sure both cars do well on Saturday.
"Traffic management will also be key here. I’m looking forward to getting back to business this weekend."