Vettel rebuffs claims that Monaco too unsafe for F1

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

World champion Sebastian Vettel has hit back at claims Monaco holds only a dubious place on the Formula 1 calendar.

Earlier this week, former driver Ralf Schumacher reportedly criticised the fabled street circuit in the Principality, insisting it is not safe enough for modern Formula 1 standards.

“Well, I see it this way,” said Red Bull’s Vettel, when asked about Schumacher’s comments.

“There is always a certain risk that you can’t get away from,” he told Bild newspaper. “But in recent years a tremendous amount has been done in the name of safety. I don’t feel unsafe at Monaco.”

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg – a Monaco resident who was fastest in first practice on Thursday – added: “Sure, Monaco is one of the most dangerous tracks.

“But it’s so traditional that you have to make some compromises. It’s simply a must — there’s nothing to discuss.” (GMM)