Mark Webber is aiming to pick up some more points for Jaguar at next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix and the streets of Monte Carlo are where he would chose to have his first win. That may be unlikely this time around, but Webber has previously won at...
Mark Webber is aiming to pick up some more points for Jaguar at next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix and the streets of Monte Carlo are where he would chose to have his first win. That may be unlikely this time around, but Webber has previously won at Monaco in F3000 and his first F1 race in the principality was with Minardi in 2002.
"If I had to pick somewhere to win my first grand prix it would be Monaco," Webber said, according to the team website. "It's extremely prestigious and has a wonderful history and tradition -- very much akin to winning a golf tournament on a links course. But, being realistic, it will be difficult to do this year and a good result for us would be to get into the points again."
"Monaco is always a circuit I enjoy going to. I won in F3000 in 2001 and had a good race for Minardi in 2002. It's a massive challenge and there's absolutely no room for error whatsoever -- the car's constantly moving around. Like anywhere, the key to a good lap around Monaco is controlled aggression."
Webber has qualified in the top ten four out of five races this year and at Monaco, where it's nearly impossible to overtake, qualifying performance is more important than usual. "I've been very happy with my qualifying performances in Formula One so far and Monaco is the one circuit on the calendar where you don't want to get it wrong!" Webber remarked.
"Casino Square is a very difficult area to get right as it's extremely quick and the other areas I'd single out as requiring maximum concentration are the swimming pool complex and the rascasse."
Toyota's Olivier Panis, who claimed his maiden Grand Prix victory at Monaco in 1996, agrees that a victory at F1's most glamorous event is something special. "Every racing driver dreams of winning a Grand Prix and a special dream is winning the Monaco Grand Prix," said the Frenchman.