American driver ready for GP2 race
The most prestigious motorsports location in the world, Monte Carlo, will host American Conor Daly and the GP2 series this weekend where championship rounds five and six will play out in front of the Formula One paddock. In Barcelona three weeks ago, Daly, on an alternate strategy, ran as high as fourth before finishing a disappointing 17th.
"Missing out on most of the practice session in Barcelona really hurt us for qualifying," commented Daly from his temporary base in Padova, Italy. "During Race One though, I was quite pleased with our pace on the harder tires. I think we could have pushed a bit more on them, but we were not sure how they hold up. I am looking forward to Monaco because it is truly unique and I simply love the street circuits. I just hope that our bad luck is out of the way now."
Daly spent the last three weeks in Italy with the Venezuela GP Lazarus team working through technical options with his engineers in an effort to understand how to use the tires at the highest possible level.
"Performance is all about using the tires properly, but it is almost impossible to do that because each race track appears to need something unique to make them last and be fast," said Daly. "It's a little frustrating but really challenging all at the same time."
Daly's last race in Monaco in 2012 ended with a spectacular crash when attempting to pass a slower car entering the harbor chicane. However, it was not before he had sliced through the field proving that you can in fact pass at Monaco. "The challenge of Monaco is walking the fine line between aggression and discipline," commented Daly.