Following an agonising Spanish Grand Prix, Nick Heidfeld is eager to get his season back on track in the most prestigious Formula 1 event of the season, the Monaco Grand Prix.

Signalling the fifth round of the championship, BMW and Heidfeld go to the principality having seen an almost certain points finish in Barcelona slip through their fingers courtesy of a pit-stop mix-up and eventual gearbox failure for the German.

Nonetheless, Robert Kubica spared the team's blushes with a season-best fourth place to keep the team comfortably third in the constructor standings. With BMW working on improving their patchy reliability during the Paul Ricard test between the rounds, Heidfeld is keen to produce another solid finish around a circuit that is renowned for its attrition rate.

Still, Heidfeld's experience arguably makes him a candidate for a good result, his past results indicating as much when he finished seventh last season from 16th on the grid, while a career-best second place for Williams marks the German out as something of a Monaco specialist too.

"I'm looking forward to Monaco," he said. "Everything about this race is just spectacular: the backdrop with all those yachts, the stars and starlets, the parties, and unfortunately the prices as well. And, of course, the circuit itself. You can't really put into words what it's like to drive a F1 race car through the built-up streets. The ratio of narrowness to speed simply defies description, and it's something I really enjoy.

"Two years ago I came second in Monaco. Last year we had a fault during qualifying, which meant I started from 16th, but still managed to pick up two championship points by finishing seventh. It goes to show that the key thing in Monaco is not to make any mistakes.

With a seventh place for Jordan to his name in 2004 also, Heidfeld admits the Monaco Grand Prix is a special venue for him personally, not least because he lived there for a number of years.

"The Monaco GP is a highlight not just for us drivers, but for the spectators as well. Nowhere else can you get so close to the circuit. At modern race tracks the fans are miles away from the action.

"Also, the sound of the engines downtown is out of this world. I lived in Monaco for a few years and had a lot of fun there. I was looking for a quieter long-term environment for my private life, but I love coming back to Monte Carlo year after year."

 

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