Circuit de Monaco
Direct from Spain Team AirAsia has arrived in the principality of Monaco for round three of the GP2 Main Series.
With preparations underway for the team's first ever street circuit race, different car setups specifically for this famous circuit will be tested ahead of race one on Friday, with the aim of adding to the points tally gained in Barcelona last week following two P4 finishes.
Team Manager Phill Spencer "I am feeling a little bit apprehensive because of the nature of this track - It's not hard on the cars, but it does bring up different things such as brake and engine cooling, but the engineers are on top of that. We are fortunate in that both drivers have driven here before and like it. We are in the same position as everyone else, we are in good shape, so we are all looking forward to getting out there and having another positive race."
Davide Valsecchi "I am feeling very good after our competitive weekend in Barcelona. I really enjoyed the races and am very happy we performed well and scored our first points of the season. It seems we are getting better and better which is encouraging. Strategy and a good qualifying session will be even more important in Monaco as it is almost impossible to overtake here. It's a different type of circuit, there's a different mentality - you have to be very precise so it will be a good challenge for me and the team."
Luiz Razia "I like the Monaco track. It's very unique and challenging and totally different from any other track on the race calendar, so it is special. I have finished the race the last two years I have driven here, and scored points here last season so it's good to be back. I'd say 75% is down to qualifying well, you need to get that right and I believe we can do that. The only place you can really overtake is in the pit stop so let's hope we can have a good car in free practice and qualifying, a good stop in race one and keep the pace."
Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett "We go into this round feeling confident but tinged with a little nervousness as we will use the super soft tyre for the first time. We will also be changing the setup to suit Monaco so we are entering unknown territory. We do not get much time on the circuit so for free practice we will use two different car setups and decide after the session which works best and go from there. We will get the drivers out as soon as possible and let them get a feel for the car and the balance. The weather forecast looks good, so hopefully no rain to contend with. Traffic is always an issue here, and the track will be quite dirty to begin with. The logistics of this race is quite challenging as we are based away from the pit lane, but otherwise everything else will be similar to any other circuit - apart from the set up - so I feel we are in good shape."