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Drivers look forward to Monaco changes 28 May 2003

Monaco track changes - the new faster entry to La Rasscasse.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 29 May 2003

In order to improve safety at this year's Monaco Grand Prix part of the track has been changed slightly. On the exit to the Swimming Pool section (Piscine) it no longer flicks right and left, but flows down a short straight to a left-hander that precedes the Rascasse right-hander. This is where many drivers have traditionally come to grief in practice as they seek the limit, and now this part has been replaced by a straight run to Rascasse.

"This has taken away two crucial points where you could have an accident," says Sauber's Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who took pole position for Williams here in 1997. "It used to be very difficult if you over-braked there; you could end up in the wall. Now there is a run-off so you have some margin for error. Now if you make a mistake you lose the lap, but not necessarily the car.

"Now you have a straight run to Rascasse but you still need to be careful under braking, of course, because you are carrying more speed. You've lost the risk in two corners, but you must still be aware of a risk in one. I'm going to be interested to see what it's like there now when we start running on Thursday."

The Monte Carlo circuit is 3.370 kilometres (2.094 miles) long and is situated in the Principality of Monaco. The race distance is 78 laps.