JAMES WALKER'S MONZA PREVIEW Oxford, UK -- 7 April 2007: The 2007 World Series by Renault season gets off to a fast and furious start next weekend (14/15 April) at Monza in Italy. Jersey's James Walker is...
JAMES WALKER'S MONZA PREVIEW
Oxford, UK -- 7 April 2007: The 2007 World Series by Renault season gets off to a fast and furious start next weekend (14/15 April) at Monza in Italy. Jersey's James Walker is prepared for the season after a progressive winter test programme and is eager to start racing again.
Monza is an all-out, high-speed, low downforce track, where absolute commitment is the order of the day. It's the type of circuit that sorts out the men from the boys with every lap requiring a combination of high speeds and heavy braking. The chicanes put in during the raft of safety changes in 2004 are attacked hard at Monza so expect to see the cars riding the kerbs as they strive for the perfect lap.
"This will be a new experience for me," said James. "The races are longer than F3 races so it will be physically harder but I've put in a lot of time training. There is a lot to learn, not least when it comes to pit stops as we didn't do those in F3. I think it will be exciting to go to a high-speed circuit with a high-speed car and if we can recreate the new tyre form we had at the last test we should get a good result."
The teams all have a test day at Monza on Thursday, to make all the straight-line aerodynamics tweaks required for Monza, before official practice gets underway on Friday. Race one starts at 1515hrs on Saturday; the second race is on Sunday at 1135hrs.