Red Bull Racing links up with the latest Star Wars movie at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, and David Coulthard, for one, is hoping that the convergence of the sixth race of the team's debut season and the sixth movie in the famous film franchise can produce some reward for his efforts.

The Scot is a double Monaco Grand Prix winner from his time with McLaren, but knows that taking the Red Bull team to the front of the field this time around may require more than a little of 'the Force' so widely called upon in the Star Wars saga. Having been famously held up by Enrique Bernoldi after being sent to the back of the grid a few years ago, DC also knows how hard it is to pass in the principality, and admits that he will settle for another top eight finish at the expense of some of his big name rivals.

"I've won Monaco twice, and drove one of the best laps of my life to take pole there, but I'll be happy if we can come home in the points again this weekend," he confirms, "I see no reason why we shouldn't be able to do that."

Experience usually plays a key role in determining the pecking order at each year's Monaco round and, with all the years of a Jedi Master behind him, Coulthard is well aware of the pit-falls presented by the tricky street track.

"There's something special about driving round the Monaco circuit," the Scot admits, "The first time I drove a grand prix car there, I was sure that my back wheel would catch the barrier at some of the tighter corners - it just didn't look possible to squeeze the car through.

"To be the fastest car around Monaco, you need to have the wall of the rear tyre just kissing the barrier at several places on the circuit, which is an intense experience because of the concentration it takes. One slip and it's all over, there's nowhere you can relax..."

Coulthard should benefit from work carried out by Michelin on finding the right tyre for the expected conditions this weekend, while Cosworth - which will permit extra performance from its TJ2005s - and Red Bull are both expecting to bring advances to the package for Monaco.

"Our test programme at Paul Ricard went well, we got all our tyre testing done and we are very happy with the choice of tyres that Michelin has provided," technical director Gunther Steiner said, "We also tested some aerodynamic parts that we will introduce at this grand prix. They will give us more efficiency which, along with improved traction control, will be very important at this circuit."


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