Paul di Resta says his second 'home' race of the F1 season will be the highlight of his season as he seeks to score his fourth top ten finish of the year.
The Scot is now a Monaco resident so will be competing in his own back yard this weekend as he seeks to improve on his twelfth place finish last season.
The Force India driver, who finds himself linked with Mercedes as speculation continues over the future of Michael Schumacher [See separate story – HERE
], is likely to be able to count on plenty of support when he competes in the race and said he was looking forward to the challenge.
“The Monaco Grand Prix is probably the highlight of the year and the race that every driver wants to win,” he said. “It's always a really busy weekend: the grandstands are packed, the yachts are in the harbour and everybody is looking for the best view. When the weather is nice it really helps make for an electric atmosphere.
“It's a circuit that's all about confidence and commitment, and you need to build up your speed through the weekend to extract the maximum laptime. There are some great corners, such as Casino Square where you arrive at 185 mph and brake as you turn into a blind corner. Then there's the slowest corner of the year, the hairpin, taken in first gear using maximum steering lock.
“For the end of the lap through the swimming pool you really feel the downforce and you need a car that can ride the bumps and kerbs. It's a real challenge for drivers and engineers to get the perfect car.”