And then the Monaco driver’s circuit comes into play: “I got off to a good start at the weekend,” says Vettel, who finished ninth twice on Friday, “I was able to build up my rhythm well. Of course, the experience here doesn’t hurt either, because it’s already there also a bit the track that makes the difference here,” explains the two-time Monaco winner (2011, 2017) and pole setter (2011). Vettel was already able to convince in fifth place in the race at the harbor edge last year.
“It’s very unfortunate that the group I was in was very close together,” Schumacher Jr. said angrily about the traffic after qualifying: “In the end, that’s why we were three or four tenths short of Q3. If I could do the second sector better it would have been very close, but there are just days when something is missing.”
“We struggled a bit at first. After I missed most of the first practice session (with a drive failure; ed.), we were behind. Despite that, we found a good setup, but then the car felt completely different “, describes Schumacher, who also mourns his first shot in the middle segment of qualifying: “Because of a braking error I only had one real lap.”