Ferrari at the 2013 Formula One Monaco Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
The current weather forecast for the 2013 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix is sunny skies, low wind speeds and mild temperatures. Peak temperatures are expected to be around 63 degrees F (17 degrees C), which should equate to high-70s (mid-20s) at track level.
Some rain is predicted for Saturday’s qualifying session but Friday’s practice remained dry despite rain also being predicted for this day.
It looks like we’re in for a great day of racing coming on Sunday, as is usually the case with the Monaco Grand Prix.
Most teams are currently concentrated on car setup, adapting the racers to the slow and twisty corners that characterize the layout of the Monaco street circuit.
There is very little grip, so soft tires and the highest possible downforce setting are the order of the day. Most corners are taken in first or second gear, requiring teams to install low ratios.
Also, one of the key factors is dealing with the traffic and that’s important even during practice. So far, the Mercedes AMG duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheet on the first day of practice, followed by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
Going into tomorrow’s qualifying session and Sunday’s eventual race, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel leads the Drivers’ Championship with 89 points and is followed closely by Lotus’ Kimi Räikkönen in second with 85 points and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in third with 72 points.
In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing remains in the lead with 131 points, with Ferrari in second with 117 points and Lotus in third with 111 points.