Vettel: No margin for error

Date published: May 20 2015

The thrill of the Monaco Grand Prix never ceases to amaze Sebastian Vettel with the Ferrari driver expecting another exciting race behind the wheel of the SF15-T.

Although many fans don't rate the Monte Carlo street circuit highly due to the limited overtaking opportunites on the narrow roads, it is a different story for the drivers as the track is one of the most challenging on the F1 calendar.

"I know some people think this is a boring race to watch on television, but for those who are doing the driving, that’s absolutely not the case," the four-time World Champion, who won there in 2011 during his Red Bull days, told the official Ferrari website.

"If you start down the field, you have to fight non-stop to try and make up some places, while those who are out in front can’t allow themselves to be distracted for a moment for the entire race.

"As for the set-up, Monaco requires a specific one, different to the other tracks, to navigate your way through the very tight corners of the Principality. You need to be quick down the straights and agile through the twisty bits, as is the case at almost all street circuits."

Qualifying will once again play a crucial role in the outcome of this weekend's race as the driver who starts on pole usually ends up taking the chequered flag and Vettel knows the importance of giving your all on the Saturday, especially if he wants to get closer to Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the Drivers' Championship.

He is currently third in the standings after five races, 31 points behind pacesetter Hamilton with Rosberg 11 points ahead of him, while he is also yet to secure a pole position this season as the Mercedes cars have dominated qualifying.

Vettel will also be looking to end Ferrari's Monaco drought as the team haven't won on the streets of Monte Carlo since Michael Schumacher tasted success back in 2001.

"There is so much tradition associated with the Monaco street circuit, where you race down very narrow roads, with no margin for error," the German, who is far from a banker with Titanbet to claim pole position or the race victory, said. 

"You have to maintain total concentration all the time and give 100 per cent on your qualifying lap, because overtaking in the race is almost impossible."