Q and A with Adrian Sutil
How excited are you about going to Monaco?
I think it's the highlight of this year for me, so I'm really looking forward to it. I really like the track. In F3 it was already a really nice event, very challenging for sure. Everything is very narrow, the barriers are very close, so you need to find the middle and not push too hard at the beginning. You have to learn the circuit and not crash the car! That's very important, especially in the first and second practice sessions."
You obviously watched the race on TV and maybe played computer games. When you went there, did you feel like you knew it already?
My first time there was in F3 when I raced in 2005, but I knew the corners already for sure, but reality is always different, all the bumps and so on. You're much more careful then! It was a good weekend, and actually I still have the track record with an F3 car and started on pole position there in 2005. In the second race I crashed in the first corner. It's really easy to go out there, so I know already some tricky places.
Have you raced on other street circuits?
Yes. Norisring, which is a bit more open, Pau, and last year Macau for the first time.
How do you approach the weekend mentally?
You want to show what you can do, but you can't afford to crash. I think on the first day you just have to take it easy, and try to learn as much as you can. Then on the second day, Saturday, you have to push. You can risk something later in qualifying.
Do you see the race as a big chance for Spyker to be a bit closer to the front?
Maybe. Last year was quite good for the car in Monaco. Usually we have a problem with drag, long straights are not good for us, and in Monaco we only have short straights. It won't be so easy, but we should be all right there. It's also a place where you can do something if you're a really good driver.
Do you enjoy the weekend as a whole?
I think it will be a lot of fun. Every day there's a big event, you've got all the boats, and the atmosphere is very special and very exclusive. It's nice to have it once a year. But for me it's quite hard to spend money there, because it's too expensive!