JAMES WALKER'S MONACO PREVIEW Jersey, UK: The World Series by Renault gets glamorous next week when it descends upon the streets of Monte Carlo in support of the world-famous Monaco Grand Prix. This is an important event for all the World ...
JAMES WALKER'S MONACO PREVIEW
Jersey, UK: The World Series by Renault gets glamorous next week when it descends upon the streets of Monte Carlo in support of the world-famous Monaco Grand Prix. This is an important event for all the World Series drivers as it is their chance to shine in front of the F1 crowd and, unlike at other World Series events, there is only one race so just one chance to get it right.
Last year's race was James' first ever visit to Monaco; prior to the first session he had only seen the Principality on television. Monaco is a frightening place for a rookie as the Armco-lined streets are very narrow and the slightest mistake usually results in terminal damage to race cars. James is incredibly good at keeping a cool head and this served him well last year. After problems in qualifying he fought back to a 14th place finish in the main event, showing strong race pace along the way and not making any rookie mistakes. This time around he knows what to expect.
"One of the best things about World Series by Renault is that we race on some of the greatest circuits in the world," said James. "First Monza, then Spa and now Monaco. This event is a really big deal for me; I want to be in Formula One within the next two years and this is the perfect chance to show what I can do. I'm thrilled to be part of such an historic event and I want a good result."
James was on track at Pembrey earlier this week as the Welsh track is an ideal testing ground for Monaco. The circuit, like Monte Carlo, is tight, twisty and bumpy with corners very similar to the ones at Monaco.
"The test went really well," he said. "We are given two hours of ECU time to use during the year, and we used the time we had very productively. We went through the full test programme and I think we've come away with a very good starting point for free practice at Monaco.
The World Series track action starts on Thursday morning with a free practice session before qualifying takes place on Saturday morning (there will be no Superpole at Monaco). The 25-lap race gets underway on Sunday 25 May at 1115, right before the 2008 F1 Monaco Grand Prix.