Monaco has F1 dancing in the streets
By Alan Baldwin
MONACO (Reuters) - A lap of Monaco is much more than muscling a car round a twisty track, at breakneck speeds and millimeters from the metal barriers without crashing.
With its harborside backdrop, confined Casino Square, tight hairpin turns and tunnel stretch, Monaco is a blast from the past that allows the best to show off their skills and express themselves.
"It's an incredible feeling, making a car dance through those streets," says Mercedes triple world champion Lewis Hamilton. "It's one of the purest thrills you can have in a racing car."
Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, driving for the U.S.-based Haas team after previously racing for Sauber, agrees about the dancing.
"I love this track," he said. "Everything is about improvising...you don't have time to think. It's pure driving and all the focus and concentration is really going into driving.
"You have the car dancing and you make it dance."
The late Brazilian triple champion Ayrton Senna, a six-times winner in the Mediterranean principality, famously compared his qualifying lap with McLaren in 1988 to an out of body experience.
"I suddenly realized that I was no longer driving the car consciously," he said in a later interview. Continued...