Merinews.com spoke to a National Rally Champion about the difficulties attached with various F1 tracks in the world. He considers the Monaco Grand Prix track to be the most challenging for F1 racers.
Karna Kadur, National Rally Champion and an F1 enthusiast says, “Monaco Grand Prix has always been challenging for F1 drivers”. There are various other circuits in the world, which are considered to be tough for various reasons such as tough weather conditions, hairpin turns, and long stretches etc. Driving at high speed only does not guarantee you a seat in F1; one also has to understand about the technicalities of the sport too.
Yas Marina circuit (Abu Dhabi Grand Prix) has, as many as 21 corners twist, which makes it difficult for drivers. Apart from these, there are long straights and tight corners too. Kadur says, “No racer wants a straight circuit, as there will be no thrills during the race”. Autodromo Nazionale Monza track (Italian Grand Prix) is another circuit, where the racer goes flat out, and increases the chances of wear and tear. To add to it, they have speedy curves too.
Circuit de Monaco (Monaco Grand prix) is primarily a street track, where the drivers may face trouble, while overtaking, as it is very difficult, due to its narrow street. These cars even have to go through the tunnel, which is not an easy experience for fresh drivers. Kadur says “While driving on street circuits, the approach is different and also the circuit is also very tight”. He adds, “A driver should always take the right line”, so as to avoid any kind of accidents and stay ahead in the race, if possible.
It is understood that driving in itself is not an easy task, as it can reach up to 350 km/h. Hence, at this speed, they need to control the car in the best manner possible. And to add to it, they have to drive in some of the toughest track in the world. No wonder, they are paid very handsomely by their respective teams in F1.