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Mastering Monte Carlo with Lotus

An engineer's guide to the Circuit de Monaco, venue for next weekend's sixth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship...
The Circuit

Turn 1: The first corner – Sainte Devote – is very tight and has been the scene of many incidents over the years. The drivers need to keep their wits about them to avoid any drama.

Turns 4 + 5: The bumpy track between turns four and five [Casino / Mirabeau] requires drivers to modify their line to avoid unduly unsettling their car.

Turn 6: As the slowest corner on the circuit – and indeed the entire season – suspension and steering modifications must be made to the car just to make it through this turn.

Turn 9: Taken flat out, the tunnel is the fastest part of the track. The contrast of natural, artificial, then natural light is a big challenge for the drivers. Track temperature is also different from the rest of the circuit.

Turn 10: Exiting the tunnel into the chicane is the scene of many out-braking manoeuvres. This is a real opportunity to pressurise the car ahead, but also a place where mistakes are often seen.

Turn 14: The Swimming Pool – 'La Piscine' – is entered very quickly, before hard braking for turn fifteen.

Turn 18: Turn eighteen – La Rascasse – is the second slowest part of the circuit, with the cars running very close to the inside wall.

Start / Finish Straight: With so few overtaking opportunities around the lap, a good exit from the final corner – Anthony Noghes – is essential leading on to the start / finish straight. There are high traction demands here.

The Car

Front Wing: Front downforce is key. Teams tend to run maximum front wing with more balance to the front thanks to the understeer inducing characteristics of the circuit.

Rear Wing: We will have a Monaco-specific 'big' rear wing to gain more downforce at the lower overall speeds seen here.

Tagged as: Monaco , Lotus , Lotus F1 team

Related Pictures

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27.05.2012- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20 leads Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
27.05.2012- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20 retires from the race
26.05.2012-  Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
26.05.2012-  Free Practice 3, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
26.05.2012-  Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
24.05.2012- Free Practice 1,Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
24.05.2012- Free Practice 1, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20

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