Drivers hit back at claims Monaco is "unsafe" for F1
Sebastian Vettel & Nico Rosberg believe the track at Monaco is safe to race on
Current world champion Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg have hit back at claims by former Williams driver Ralf Schumacher that Monaco's famous street circuit was no longer up to F1's modern safety standard.
Asked by Bild newspaper about Schumacher's comments, fellow countryman Vettel replied: "Well, I see it this way.
"There is always a certain risk that you can't get away from.
"But in recent years a tremendous amount has been done in the name of safety. I don't feel unsafe at Monaco."
Another fellow German and Monaco resident Nico Rosberg, who went fastest in morning practice in Monaco on Thursday, also points to Monaco's tradition and that alone is enough for the iconic race to remain on the calendar.
"Sure, Monaco is one of the most dangerous tracks," he said. "But it's so traditional that you have to make some compromises. It's simply a must -- there's nothing to discuss."
Indeed, standards at Monaco have improved massively in the last decade, areas of the circuit have been re-modelled and advances in technology mean new safer and more effective safety barriers are in place at areas where the risk of a high speed or dangerous crash could take place.
Most of the circuit has also been relaid with less bumps making the risk of losing control slightly lower, that was one of the main criticisms in the most recent street race in Singapore when it started in 2008.
The most recent changes came after Sergio Perez's crash in qualifying in 2011. The Mexican lost control of his Sauber car at around 290kph exiting the tunnel slamming into the barriers sideways on.
Perez was uninjured apart from a concussion which would keep him out for the next two races; however, since then the same barrier Perez hit has been moved back in a bid to increase braking team or simply decrease impact speed.
As a result my opinion remains the same as the majority of the drivers: which is that while improvements can always be made, Monaco is still safe enough for F1 and still provides a formidable challenge.
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