New technical conditions have been set for the cars in Formula 1 this season in several areas, and this has made them both bigger and heavier.
And it presents drivers with unfamiliar challenges in the classic Grand Prix of Monaco. That is the opinion of Kevin Magnussen and Lewis Hamilton, among others.
In Friday’s two training sessions, Kevin Magnussen completed a total of 62 laps in his Haas car. He finished 14th and 11th, respectively.
– It is difficult. Monaco has become an even bigger challenge this year, it seems. It’s just all the bumps, so many bumps that I did not even know are there. Now you feel them.
– At the entrance to many of the corners, the car shakes so much that if you hit a bump wrong, you lose the rear end. It is very intense and still cool, says Magnussen in a press release from Haas.
Lewis Hamilton is in the middle of his 16th season as a Formula 1 driver, and the seven-time world champion also felt a lot of tremors in his Mercedes.
– I do not remember that I have experienced anything similar. When trying to put a lap together, the grip does not feel terrible, but the eyes are just about to jump out of the head, the Briton says according to Reuters.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who was born and raised in Monaco and still lives in the Principality, was fastest in both of Friday’s training sessions, while defending world champion Max Verstappen finished fourth in both.
Verstappen in particular has taken over first place in the World Cup standings from Leclerc after victories in the last three grand prix.
Verstappen has 110 points, Leclerc has 104 points, and Magnussen has 15 points in 10th place.
On Saturday, the field runs after the third and final training session on the starting positions on Sunday. Qualification starts at 4 pm.
Sunday’s Grand Prix takes place from 3 p.m.