#21 Pierre Gasly (FRA – Prema Dallara-Mecachrome)
GP2 Series: 1st – 33 points – after 2 of 22 races
Leading the GP2 series after third and second in the opening races in Barcelona, Pierre Gasly arrived in Monaco early for this weekend's classic battle. "Yes I'm so excited, I was in the sim at Red Bull Racing on Monday then came straight here," enthused the 20-year-old Frenchman with his broad smile.
"Of course I know my way round Monaco by now but it is always good to be in the sim in race week, refreshing your driving, lines, braking points. A good way to get into the rhythm for that track and to switch into racing mode for the week."
New car same priorities
Having joined the Prema team to lead their first attack on the GP2 series, Gasly headed practice in Barcelona and took pole. It will be fabulous if he can do the same in the principality. "The car is of course a bit different to the one I was driving last year, a little different in terms of balance and feel but we know that the Prema guys have the skills needed to give me a good car in Monaco."
"The car has been fast everywhere so far this year, through testing and the first event but Monaco is a bit specific. The priority is to have everything right for qualifying and do a good job there. That is 75% of the job at Monaco, qualifying well."
No luck please
"Last year I felt good from the beginning and that is a great way to be, hopefully we can do the same this year because I really love this place," enthused Gasly who was struck with a terrible bit of bad luck last year when forced to start from the pit lane when the stewards, who later apologised, mistakenly thought he had caused an aborted start.
"I am not looking for success by luck, I don't think I need good luck, if luck would just leave me alone that would be fine," laughed the Red Bull Junior.
Monaco weekend schedule – all times CET
Thursday May 26th
12.00 – 12.45 Practice
16.15 – 16.31 Qualifying Group A
16.39 – 16.55 Qualifying Group B
Friday May 27th
11:15 Race 1 (42 laps)
Saturday May 28th
16:10 Race 2 (30 laps)