Why Red Bull is under pressure
David Coulthard won the Monaco Grand Prix twice as a driver, so he knows what it takes to win at the legendary street circuit. In his exclusive column, he gives his thoughts on who will challenge the Red Bull drivers for victory
Monaco is a wonderful challenge. I can still visualise every inch of the track in my head, even though it has been three years since I last raced there.
What makes it so special is that it's not changed too much since the first grand prix there. It is an incredible feeling climbing the hill to Casino Square, allowing the car to find its own line when it's tracking over the undulations. There's nowhere that it's flat out like Eau Rouge, but while that gives you an adrenaline rush through one corner, at Monaco you get it for the whole lap.
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