More about qualifying in a ‘moment’. In the meantime good old Brembo has provided me with a little braking wisdom for the circuit. Now pay attention…
This is a historic city circuit that winds through the streets of the Principality and this can create many problems for the single-seater brakes. In fact, the winding track with poor grip often means the drivers need to control the car often using the brakes, with negative reflexes on the caliper and brake fluid temperature.
In the past this event has often been a theatre of problems connected to overheating and vapour lock of the braking system (a phenomenon in which the brake fluid reaches the boiling point inside the caliper), leading to a lengthening of the pedal in braking which has many times caused drivers to retire, if not crash.
In our day and age the progress made in cooling the brakes has held these problems at bay, although particular attention still needs to be given to managing temperatures during the race weekend. The braking sections are not particularly sudden, but the time spent on the brakes here is among the highest of the season at 26 per cent.
Oh, and by the way. Watch out for turn 10. It’s thought to be the most demanding for the braking systems.