Thursday, 26 May 2011

Monaco Circuit Damaged By Fire

A truck fire on Tuesday caused damage to the Ste. Devote corner at Monaco.

Fortunately, the organisers acted quickly and the asphalt was relaid at the first corner of the famous street circuit. However, there are concerns as to whether the track will cope as the cars set out for the first free practice session, just 36 hours after the repairs were made.

The circuit is also subjected to warm temperatures at this time of year, with track temperatures regularly exceeding 45 degrees during the day, which is not ideal conditions for the new tarmac to dry.

Force India driver Paul di Resta, however, isn't too concerned.
"I think they've done an amazing job, and it just shows you how efficient they are here."

Red Bull's Mark Webber, who won the Grand Prix here last year is also looking on the bright side.
"It's lucky it happened at Monaco though because they are not short of a few bob, so they can just get a truck down there and get on with it."

Practice begins tomorrow at 9am (British time).

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