GP2 » 22 May 2012
Coloni's Coletti looking forward to home event
"Obviously Stefano wants a great result here and we want that too, so our aim is to be quick right from Free Practice and then get a very good result in Qualifying, as the starting position is one of the keys to a good race here in Monaco," he added, endorsing his driver's thoughts.
For Coletti's team mate, GP2 Series rookie Fabio Onidi, the weekend will undoubtedly be an amazing new experience for the 24-year-old Italian driver.
"Monaco is special to any racing driver: it's in the history of our sport, it has been the background for incredible acts by the motorsport heroes of the past, a win there has more value that anywere else," he enthused. "That's the emotional side of it, the fact that from the cockpit I will see the same scenario that I've seen in all those F1 onboard-cameras throughout the years."
But as evocative and glamorous as Monaco is for any racing driver, it's also a fiendishly difficult circuit to race on in modern cars.
"It's a track that gives no room at all for a mistake, it pushes you to the outer limit of your skills, it's a real challenge," he agreed. "And I will be facing that for the first time in my career, in my first GP2 season. It's enough to feel a bit nervous!"
"Monte Carlo isn't an easy track for a rookie, but Onidi has the talent and the skills to learn quickly," insisted Paolo Coloni. "We count on him to bring home a good team result like we did in Barcelona."
Of course, Onidi has been working hard on the race simulator ahead of the weekend to try and get as much knowledge of the challenge that lies in store as possible.
"Sure it helps," he said. "It gives you a very good idea of the track, the lines, the braking points, and a first glimpse of how close the walls are in Monaco. But in the sim you can crash as much as you want, there's no real damage, and it doesn't hurt. Being there and seeing the Armco so close will be a different story I'm sure.
"It's a really special track, the more laps you do the more you learn about its details, the spots that provide more grip, the little bumps, all those tricks that can help you improving your laptime or keeping the same pace with less risks," he continued. "There are drivers on the grid with much more Monaco experience than me, so I will just try to make the most of the weekend."
As well as the unfamiliar track and the novelty of the split qualifying decision, Coloni - like all the GP2 teams this weekend - will have a one-off change to the tyres being supplied to them by Pirelli. Instead of three sets of prime tyres (Pirelli's soft compound this weekend) and one of the options (super-soft) normally issued, this week all the teams will get two sets of each compound.
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