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Macrin Budkowski: “It is such a special place for every F1 fan”

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Credit: Alpine F1 Team Media Centre

Marcin Budkowski says the Monaco Grand Prix is a special place for every Formula 1 supporter and teams and pleased to see the streets of Monte Carlo return to the F1 calendar this year.

The Monaco Grand Prix was removed from the 2020 F1 calendar due to coronavirus pandemic, but will finally return this weekend, and Budkowski says a two-year gap from the last Grand Prix in Monaco will make it even more enjoyable this year.

“It’s great to have Monaco back on the calendar,” said Budkowski.” It has a different feel to any other place we visit with the street environment, the location by the sea and the port with all the yachts. 

“It is such a special place for every F1 fan and a circuit all race team members enjoy going to, and it should be even more enjoyable this year since we didn’t race here last season.”

The Alpine F1 Team struggled in their opening two races, but have since improved results in Portugal and Spain, with Esteban Ocon scoring points in both Grand Prix, with the team currently sit fifth behind Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow.

Budkowski says the Alpine car is more suited to low-speed corners and highlights that drivers are the ones that make a difference around the streets of Monte Carlo.

The A521 is generally better suited to low-speed corners, even if we’ve improved it since the beginning of the season across medium and high-speed corners too. 

Generally, though, Monaco is all about downforce, mechanical grip and traction, but also places a high emphasis on the drivers. 

“It’s a circuit where it takes drivers time to get used to driving so close to the guardrails and finding the ability within themselves to push the limits a little bit further in every single lap, but without exceeding them as the sanction is immediate. 

“It’s a track where the driver really makes a difference in Formula 1.”

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