Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Monaco, 2011

Schumacher: Driving at Monaco is worth the risk

2012 Monaco Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Monaco, 2011Michael Schumacher admits Monaco does not match the safety standards set by other tracks, but says the satisfaction of driving there is worth the risk.

“Monaco is just a circuit of its own very unique character,” he said in Mercedes’ pre-race preview.

“In a way, you could look at it with a big portion of irony with regards to the contradiction that, for so many years we have successfully campaigned for more track safety, and then we deliberately race in Monaco.

“But in my view this is justifiable once a year, especially as the circuit is really so much fun to drive. Every time you go there, you just look forward to finally getting out and driving the track.”

Sergio Perez was injured during qualifying for last year’s race when he crashed at the chicane. The Sauber driver missed the next two races.

Schumacher faces an added challenge this year in the form of a grid penalty following his collision with Bruno Senna in the Spanish Grand Prix:

“Of course, knowing that I will lose five positions on the grid does not add to this feeling but this just means that I will have to try even harder,” he said.

“I’m actually quite confident that we should look reasonably good in Monaco due to the hard work that everybody in the team is putting into the development of our car. So let’s make the best out of the weekend.”

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