FAIRUZ FAUZY AIMING FOR GLORY ON MONACO'S STREETS Monte Carlo - May 22, 2007. Every driver wants to win the Monaco casino and Fairuz Fauzy is no exception. The Malaysian is heading to the millionaire's playground for the latest round of World...
FAIRUZ FAUZY AIMING FOR GLORY ON MONACO'S STREETS
Monte Carlo - May 22, 2007. Every driver wants to win the Monaco casino and Fairuz Fauzy is no exception. The Malaysian is heading to the millionaire's playground for the latest round of World Series by Renault as it races in front of the Formula One fraternity at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The race on the streets of the tiny principality is one of the most iconic events in sport and this coming weekend, Fairuz will be demonstrating his talents on the tight, twisty circuit that winds around the Cote d'Azur harbour front.
At the wheel of his Cram Competition machine, the 24-year-old will have an advantage over his rivals because of his prior experience in GP2 of the challenging Monaco two-mile circuit. It will be crucial because track time for the support race will be limited due to the F1 event.
With famous corners and the legendary tunnel, Monaco is the ultimate test of a driver says Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One Team test driver Fairuz: "It's the most challenging circuit in motor sport and you can't afford to make any silly mistakes as there is no margin for error because the streets are so narrow. But I don't think that'll be a problem as I know it quite well and actually enjoy driving there."
With so little track time, qualifying will be key this weekend and it's vital to start at the front at Monaco because of lack of overtaking opportunities. "If you start in the mid-field it increases the chances of being involved in an accident," says Fairuz. "And we have no pitstops for this race, so the only chance to make up any places on the track is coming out of the tunnel and braking into the chicane -- but even that is risky."
The first race at Monaco was held in 1929 and since then the rich and famous visit the principality and dine on their yachts in the harbour over looking the racetrack. "It's good for the sponsors and the guests who support World Series to get the chance to share this weekend with F1," says the 24-year-old.
"It's definitely the most prestigious motor race in the world and there is always a large crowd there. People love this race, the yachts, the atmosphere -- it's a very unique event and it's great that World Series is here. Let's hope for a fantastic weekend."
As in previous years, there will be a single 25 lap race, with no mandatory pit stop. Following 45 minutes of collective testing on Thursday morning at 8.20am, two split 25 minute qualifying sessions will take place on Saturday morning at 9.00am. Only the best 26 drivers will qualify for the race, meaning four will go home. It is scheduled for an 11.15am start on Sunday before the F1 race.
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