May 18th, 2021

2021 Monaco Grand Prix: Preview

Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal of Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport: “We head to Monaco, a place which is almost synonymous with Formula One, ready to put up a good show. We have seen in recent weeks we can be competitive and this weekend could offer us another opportunity to do well. In Monaco, of all places, having a spotless weekend is crucial: qualifying position matters more than anywhere else and every mistake costing track position is paid for dearly. We will need to be at our best to bring home the result we have been looking for.

Kimi Räikkönen (Car #7): “Monaco is a challenging track for drivers, even though everything happening in the background doesn’t really affect us. When you’re in the cockpit, it’s very much a weekend like any other. You need confidence around this place if you want to have a good lap, you have to trust your car and yourself as you need to use every bit of track to the walls. It’s easy to do mistakes and even a small one can have big consequences: at the same time, this can give opportunities as there are many elements that can shake up the order on Sunday.”

Antonio Giovinazzi (Car #99): “Of all weekends in the year, this is one of the most special ones. There is a different atmosphere around town and, with most drivers knowing the place so well, there is an added challenge in keeping the focus towards the track and the track only. It’s definitely a different weekend than usual! I only raced here once in Formula One, but I knew the track from my experience in junior formulas and it’s a big test for the driver. We need to be ready to make the most of every opportunity and maximise the potential of our car. You never know what can happen during a race here.”