|Below Nathanaël Berthon looks forward to the weekend ahead.
Nat, you had a fantastic weekend in Barcelona, where you not only scored many points, but also finished the Sprint Race on the podium. What have you done since then? How did you prepare for Monaco?
First of all I did a good debrief with my engineers to understand why we performed so well in Barcelona. Then I have been to the workshop in Sanlúcar, where we prepared the strategies for the Monaco event. We also analysed some data and worked with the simulator. I already arrived in Monaco on Saturday. I visited some of my family living here and I walked the track to look at the different changes to the track compared to last year. I love Monaco, even though the weather was pretty bad, I have to admit.
What can you tell us about the race track in Monaco? What is it that makes it so special?
Well, this is a good question. Monaco is a very special track, it’s unique. You have to be very careful, more than all the other tracks, because at the first mistake you are in the wall. I think this is one of the first limitations, to be afraid to have a crash and not finish the race. Then, it’s has a very different grip compared to other race tracks because we race on normal roads, you need to be aware of this. And one of the most important points for me, is to have a good rhythm from the first time you are on track, and to take the best references.
It's the first time GP2 will split the field in two groups for qualifying in Monaco. This means you will only have 14 minutes of time available to set your fastest lap time. What does this mean for you as a driver?
I already know this kind of qualifying mode from last year, so it’s nothing new for me. In my opinion, it is better for Monaco as the traffic management is so important when it comes to setting a good lap time. Apart from that, for me as a driver, it doesn’t change anything. The aim is to be at the top of the field, whatever it takes.
You always said Monaco is one of your favourite races on the calendar. Why is this and what are your expectations for this weekend?
Personally, I love this city ever since I’ve been a little child. Monaco was also the first Formula 1 Grand Prix I ever saw. So, racing on the same track as those drivers I watched when I was a kid, is a very special experience and feeling for me. Following the good results from Barcelona I think, as a team, we have a fantastic result here. Fabio and I, we can both be at the top during this race event.
Practice: Thu 24 May 2012, 12:00 (GMT+2)
Qualifying: Thu 24 May 2012, 16:55 (GMT+2)
Race 1: Fri 25 May 2012, 10:30 (GMT+2)
Race 2: Sat 26 May 2012, 16:10 (GMT+2)