May 19, 2008
Of course, you have to be very rich or very lucky to have a shot at being THAT close to the track. Even if you're not one of the megabuckers, though, the grandstands around the track are still closer than any other on the F1 calendar.
Monaco is well-known as the tightest track on the calendar, with absolutely no room for error. In the past, traction control could keep most cars off the armco barriers, but this year? Even the slightest fishtail will spell doom, particularly at Sainte Devote, Tabac and Anthony Noghes. Of course, the Hairpin is the tightest turn in F1 (over 180 degrees, to be exact) and requires special suspensions for the cars to be able to even attempt it. With a normal suspension, the inside of the front wheels would actually mill their way through the suspension arms.
Thankfully, our friends at SPEED will be bringing us all the action from Monaco!
Coverage begins on Thursday, May 22nd, from 7am to 830am, with live coverage of Practice Session 2. Note that this is different from every other race on the calendar; usually this is on Friday, but Monaco plays by its own rules. There's a replay on Friday from 1130a to 1p.
Saturday, May 24th brings us Quals from 7a to 830a, plausibly live. In the past, Monaco has been known for being a processional, rather than a race, so your qualifying place is tremendously important here. Of course, with TC missing, who knows?
Sunday, May 25th is the real deal, the Grand Prix of Monte Carlo, from 630a to 9a, LIVE. See if we get a car into the harbor this year! There's a replay from 4p to 630p, too, in case you want to watch that other race...
Of course, F1 UPDATE! will keep you up to date on what's happening all week long!
Excellent F1 preview!! Loved the pictures and the map. The next best thing to being there. :-D
Without traction control, things there could get scary. :-\
Posted by: Mallory at May 20, 2008 07:09 AM (3sife)
I love Monaco. There may not be much passing, but it's always amazing to watch the drivers attempting to thread the needle on those tight turns,again and again.
As for excitement, without TC there's a good chance for a car to end up in the bay this year!
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