As a newcomer to Formula One around the quirky confines of Monaco, Adrian Sutil is telling himself one thing, and one thing only: Don't crash!

The German has previous Monaco experience from his time as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate at ASM in the F3 Euroseries - and is the category lap record holder - but knows that any loss of track time during the F1 weekend will have repercussions on many levels.

"You want to show what you can do, but you can't afford to crash," he admitted, "Everything is very narrow, the barriers are very close, so you need to find the middle and not push too hard at the beginning. I think, on the first day, you just have to take it easy and try to learn as much as you can. Then, on the second day, Saturday, you have to push. You can risk something later in qualifying."

Despite the added pressure - on track as well as off - Sutil insists that he is looking forward to this weekend's round more than any other on a rookie year that is taking him around the globe.

"I think Monaco is the highlight of this year for me, so I'm really looking forward to it," he smiled, "I really like the track. In F3, it was already a really nice event, very challenging for sure. But I think it will be a lot of fun too. Every day, there's a big event - you've got all the boats, and the atmosphere is very special and very exclusive. It's nice to have it once a year."

And, although Spyker continues to play catch-up at the rear of the field, Sutil reckons that Monaco won't show up the weaknesses of the F8-VII quite as much as other circuits.

"Last year, Monaco was quite good for the car," he reasoned, "Usually, we have a problem with drag - long straights are not good for us but, in Monaco, we only have short straights. It won't be so easy, but we should be all right there. It's a place where you can do something if you're a really good driver."

 

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