Jersey, UK -- 17 May 2007: James Walker travels to Monaco next week for the fifth race of the 2007 World Series by Renault. The Monaco Grand Prix, arguably the most famous street race in the world, is the event that gives Formula One its glamorous...
Jersey, UK -- 17 May 2007: James Walker travels to Monaco next week for the fifth race of the 2007 World Series by Renault. The Monaco Grand Prix, arguably the most famous street race in the world, is the event that gives Formula One its glamorous reputation, where the racing is an added attraction to one of the premier social events of the season.
Supporting the Monaco Grand Prix is a lot of pressure for a young racer: as well as having to navigate the narrow, armco-lined streets of the Principality, the drivers know they are being observed by the world of Formula One.
Famously described by Nelson Piquet as "like riding a bicycle around your living room", the Monte Carlo track is tough. As well as being narrow it has a low-grip, bumpy surface, and the tight twists and turns make it a gruelling physical challenge. In addition to the bumps there are a lot of adverse cambers which make it difficult to set the car up. With overtaking being practically impossible, qualifying becomes more important than ever so a driver has to be committed from the very beginning.
"I can't wait to finally get to Monaco," said James. "I've raced on a street circuit before, in Pau, in Formula 3, and I managed to adapt quickly to that so I'm keen to get stuck into this new challenge. It's a bit of a daunting prospect but I've done my research and I feel that I am well prepared. I think the fact that the F1 teams are there adds a bit more pressure but it's the type of pressure I look forward to. I'm still learning every time I drive the car but my target has always been Formula One so I'll hopefully be meeting some of the teams and showing them that I am quick. I'm physically and mentally prepared for this race; I've done extra training with my arms and hands to prepare for the tight turns and the bumps. I've wanted to race at Monaco for my whole career so I just want to get out there and get stuck in."
The World Series by Renault competitors have just one race in Monaco. The drivers will have a 40-minute free practice session on Thursday at 0830hrs before qualifying takes place at 0900hrs on Saturday. The 25-lap race gets underway on Sunday morning at 1115hrs, just before the Monaco Grand Prix.