Gutierrez: Ignoring Monaco distractions ‘a challenge’

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Esteban Gutierrez concedes that it is difficult to ignore the distractions posed by the Monaco Grand Prix weekend as Formula 1 prepares for its annual glamor event.

Monaco has a reputation not only for being one of the most challenging races on the calendar due to its tight and twisting nature, but also for welcoming numerous celebrities and big names to its red-carpet weekend.

While the drivers must remain fully-focused on the job at hand, Gutierrez conceded that the outside distractions are often difficult to ignore.

“It is one of the most demanding circuits, but it’s very special,” Gutierrez said.

“It’s very important to keep your focus all weekend, which becomes a challenge, as you have many different distractions around.

“It’s a very intense event because it’s small, everything’s compressed.”

Gutierrez also explained how the drivers can have a greater influence on proceedings in Monaco, which may help him following Haas’ struggles in Spain last time out.

“The car never stops being a factor, but it is true that the driver can have a lot of influence because it’s a track that is very demanding,” Gutierrez said.

“You can make a lot of difference with different driving styles, and by having the confidence in your car in order to push and get the maximum out of what you have.”