Jenson Button is not fond of the changes made to the Tabac corner for this year’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The circuit now runs closer to the harbour front, making Tabac a slightly tighter left-hand bend, and shortening the total track length by three metres.
“Looking at the re-profiling they’ve done ahead of this year’s race, I don’t like Tabac as much as before,” said Button after driving the revised circuit for the first time today. “They’ve made it tighter now, whereas it used to have a nice flow to it.”
“Mind you, I’ve been taking that particular corner for 15 years, so the change catches you unawares a little bit,” he added.
The revised layout has also altered the approach to the fast Swimming Pool chicane. “The first part of the Swimming Pool is a bit faster and it helps to stop you drifting wide into the exit barrier on the left,” said Button.
Above: Tabac in 2015; below: Tabac in 2014.
2015 Monaco Grand Prix
- Mercedes urged Hamilton not to skip Monaco podium after losing race
- New audio reveals Hamilton’s Monaco strategy role
- Verstappen rebuffs Massa criticism over Monaco crash
- Hamilton “couldn’t care less” about Monaco
- ‘Moral victor’ Hamilton wins Driver of the Weekend