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Bottas: Monaco the toughest track for drivers

Heading into the fifth race of the 2021 F1 season this weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has explained why the historic circuit is the most difficult track for the drivers to handle.

The Formula 1 grid heads to the French Riviera for the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend and one of the most challenging and perilous circuits on the calendar. The street circuit of Monaco is among the most technical in F1, with drivers given little respite from the constant twists and allowed no room for error in the narrow track. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who stands third in the drivers' championship, has said he thinks the circuit is the hardest for the drivers' to navigate due to the constant steering inputs required throughout the 78-lap race. "For me, personally, in terms of workload for the driver, Monaco is the toughest because there is no time to rest," he said in a statement ahead of the race. "It is literally corner after corner, and even the straights aren't really straight, you are always turning even just a little bit. "The main straight is the biggest, if not the only, breathing space a driver gets and even that goes pretty quickly in an F1 car! It's definitely a challenge." Bottas added that the narrow circuit provided a visual challenge for drivers as well. "There's a lot to look out for, so it's really challenging, from a mental side of things, and you are all the time picking out different reference points to make you fast."

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