If there is one track on the calendar that every single driver dreams about, it is the twisty and challenging circuit in the prestigious and narrow streets of Monte-Carlo. The fourth round of the 2013 GP2 Series will take place in Monaco this week, the home land of leader Stefano Coletti. The Monegasque driver will be seeking a third win this season and to continue his streak of point scoring in each and every single race this year. Hot on his trail, Felipe Nasr - who has also scored in every event so far – will be on the hunt for glory as well: the talented Brazilian whose climbed to second place in the standings has shown consistency, speed and maturity, enough to be one to watch this weekend along with the likes of this season’s race winners Fabio Leimer, Robin Frijns and Sam Bird. Monte Carlo could also be the redeeming place for last year’s best rookie James Calado whose 2013 season has not been what the talented Brit’ expected so far, but it could also see Jolyon Palmer claim another GP2 win as he brilliantly did in 2012.
Once again this year, the qualifying session will be divided into two sessions of 15 minutes each. Group A will run from 16.15 to 16.30. Group B will run from 16.40 to 16.55. There will be a ten minute break between the two groups. One group will be with odd number cars and the other group will be with even number cars. There will be a ballot to decide which group will go first.
Pirelli's Racing Manager Mario Isola says: “The Monaco weekend is always very special for everyone and with the two softest compounds in our range available to the GP2 drivers, they will be able to exploit the maximum performance of their cars. While wear and degradation on tyres in Monaco is not particularly high, the rubber has to do a lot of work as there is very little downforce providing aerodynamic grip: just mechanical grip from the tyres. Strategy will obviously be key: time can be saved in the pits if the teams decide just to change two tyres only at the pit stops, but for this strategy to work, the two tyres changed have to be of the same compound with which the car started the race. Wenominated the combination of hard and soft tyres for the first three races, so by now the drivers have a good understanding of these compounds, but now they are faced with something different. The key to success at Monaco will be quickly understanding the unique characteristics of the supersoft compound – which are the most performance orientated GP2 tyres that we produce – in order to make the best use of them in qualifying and the race. The usual rhythm of a race weekend will be different too, as unusually the feature race takes place on Friday morning, with the sprint race on Saturday afternoon. All these factors as well as a paddock in a multi-storey car park combine."
Rio Haryanto will be dropped ten grid places on Friday Feature Race following a penalty picked up in Barcelona Sprint Race (caused a collision with Sergio Canamasas in the final lap).