As Oscar Piastri is preparing for his second Grand Prix weekend as an F2 driver, the Australian has revealed the main limiting factor at Monaco: the fear of crashing.
Piastri already experienced the Circuit de Monaco while he was driving in Formula Renault. However, this year, the Australian driver will have to face a bigger challenge, driving an overpowered Formula 2 car at blistering speeds in the narrow streets of the principality.
Like any other driver having to face the challenge of driving at Monaco, Piastri has been doing everything he can during the past few weeks to prepare himself as well as possible for the legendary event.
Of course, the Circuit de Monaco being a street track, there is absolutely no training slots available apart from the actual annual race weekend. The only way of preparing yourself for this challenge is therefore simulation work.
“The simulator is the only way we can really prepare for Monaco because we can’t test there,” Piastri said.
“So, I will be relying somewhat on my previous real-world experience, but otherwise, driving on the sim is the only practice we can really get.”
“In saying that, you don’t have quite the same fear of crashing in the sim.”
The 20-year-old pointed out the oppressive side of the event, considering that you are not allowed to do a single mistake, like a tire lock up or a too hasty acceleration causing a loss of control. For Piastri, the main limiting factor in the principality is therefore very simple: the fear of ending your course in a wall.
“I think that naturally, driving on a street track, in qualifying we will be pretty much on the limit, but in the races, I am not expecting everyone to be pushing flat out because of the risk of crashing.”
“We are all good drivers and we’re the step below F1 for a reason, but it is a real possibility, and I think that will be the biggest limiting factor.”
“Monaco is unique in that the biggest limiting factor in terms of whether you can push or not is crashing, more than the tires falling off.”
“It is not like Barcelona or Bahrain where you can lock a brake and run a bit wide, in Monaco you do that and you’re in an Armco barrier. Not pushing too hard, too early, is a big key because 99% of the time that ends in disaster. It’s always pretty unique preparing for Monaco.”