Hamilton enthralled by Monaco madness

Fri May 23, 2014 7:12pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONACO (Reuters) - Insane, ridiculous, terrifying, incredible - a lap of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit is all that and more for Lewis Hamilton and he cannot get enough of it.

The Formula One championship leader is an old hand at mastering the most glamorous and historic street circuit in motorsport but he still finds it as awesome, and stomach-churning, as when he first arrived as a rookie in 2007.

Asked ahead of Sunday's race which part of the layout most made his hair stand on end, the Mercedes driver - a winner in the Mediterranean principality on his way to the 2008 title with McLaren - smiled.

"There’s not a single part that doesn’t," replied the Briton, who will be chasing his fifth successive win of the season. "It’s the whole track.

"I wish you could feel what we feel when we go round," he added. "It’s like when you go on the scariest roller coaster ride, and when they drop off the cliff and you go down and that first bit...

"That fear factor, the initial part that lasts for just a split second - here it’s the whole lap. It’s scary but it’s cool. It’s all these different emotions in one. It’s just the most incredible roller coaster ride."

Three rookies will be racing a Formula One car around Monaco for the first time, with Toro Rosso's Russian Daniil Kvyat standing out as the only one never to have competed there previously in any of the junior series.

Hamilton grinned at the thought: "It’s going to be like being in the room with Freddy Krueger," he said, referring to the fictional serial killer of horror movie fame.   Continued...

First placed Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures on podium after the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit in Montmelo, May 11, 2014.          REUTERS/Albert Gea