Ralf Schumacher has played down the prestige of the Monaco grand prix for formula one’s drivers.
The German, a staunch opponent of the street circuit’s lagging safety standards, agreed that – for some – the historic event is the jewel in F1’s crown.
”For the media and VIPs, Monaco is the ultimate stage,” Ralf, who drives for Toyota, said.
”But for us drivers it is just another race on our busy annual calendar (and) it’s not really my favourite track.”
Schumacher, 30, crashed heavily during qualifying in the Swimming Pool section last year, and had to start the race from the rear.
He continued to say: ”There are hardly any run-off zones, and errors are nearly always punished by the arm-co.”