Video: How To Embarrass Oneself In An F1 Car At Monaco

Though it might seem like life becomes something of a dream once one’s given a seat in Formula 1, there are just as many ways to be ridiculed as there are to be praised. Domenico Schiattarella is one who received more criticism than praise during his short Formula 1 career, where he made seven entries with the ill-fated Simtek team between 1994 and 1995.

It’s quite remarkable how drivers manage to thread a Formula 1 car through the narrow streets of Monaco, but somehow it’s done. When a car spins, we’re given a clearer picture of how there’s hardly enough room to spin a car back in the right direction with the walls so close. When one drives for a cash-strapped team like Simtek was that year, he better ensure he doesn’t take a wheel off in the process of pointing the car the right way again.

Due to the blind approach to Rascasse, Schiattarella was lucky not be T-boned by Robert Moreno.

The speeds leading up to Rascasse, the second slowest corner at Monaco after the Lowes hairpin, make it a challenging corner to master. The odd shape, the need to trail-brake slightly into the corner, and the blind approach only complicate the process. When a spin happens, it’s often at Rascasse. Fortunately, the Italian was not smashed into by an unsuspecting driver, but he did do plenty of damage to his reputation with this clumsy series of failed re-spins.

To his credit, it’s much more challenging than some might imagine, but once one makes it to Formula 1, the public expects every driver to be well-versed in the art of controlled donuts.

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Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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