Sebastian Vettel ridicules the idea that the Monaco Grand Prix is a dull affair due to its lack of overtaking and says there is “no margin for error” around the Monte Carlo streets.
The Ferrari driver heads to the Principality after a strong drive netted him third at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, albeit some 45s adrift of race winner Nico Rosberg.
Having recently renewed his title ambitions, the four-time world champion hopes he can emulate his 2011 success but remains equally aware of what it takes to tame the iconic 2-mile Circuit de Monaco.
“There is so much tradition associated with the Monaco street circuit, where you race down very narrow roads, with no margin for error,” said Vettel. “You have to maintain total concentration all the time and give 100 percent on your qualifying lap, because overtaking in the race is almost impossible.
“I know some people think this is a boring race to watch on television, but for those who are doing the driving, that’s absolutely not the case.
“If you start down the field, you have to fight nonstop to try and make up some places, while those who are out in front can’t allow themselves to be distracted for a moment for the entire race.”
Vettel is currently third in the Drivers’ standings, where he trails championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 31 points and second-placed Rosberg by 11 points.
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