The Formula One circus returns to Monaco, where the drivers will again drive through the narrow streets at speeds approaching 200mph - often referred to as the jewel in the Formula One crown, this track is renowned for bringing driver talent to the fore.
The tight, tortuous confines of Monaco will see the teams getting inventive with their aerodynamics. With the lowest speeds on the calendar, drag is not a factor, so teams work on ensuring every last bit of downforce is leveraged from the package. That said, the aero benefits are only a minor addition to mechanical grip and balance. The only compromise in dialling in the cars to handle the bumps, reverse cambers and slow corners is driver confidence. Knowing the car will respond precisely allows the best to - literally - brush the barriers in pursuit of the perfect qualifying lap.
Inevitably, mistakes happen and cars end up in contact with the barriers, so some teams use specially toughened suspension components, and some bring additional spare chassis, in case both drivers have accidents in testing. All told, there is a lot of benefit to preparing for driver mishaps.