Mark Webber aced qualifying both times he won the Monaco Grand Prix
The street circuit at Monte Carlo is notoriously difficult to overtake on, making qualifying and grid position a crucial part of any weekend.
And Webber, who won from pole position in 2010 and 2012, believes practice, Q1 and Q2 must be spent preparing a driver’s mind for the final push.
“You’ve got to arrive into Q3 with the maximum amount of confidence,” Webber, who will watch the 2017 race from the sidelines working as a Channel 4 pundit, told Express Sport.
“You have to know the car and every single metre of the track extremely well.
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“Mentally, you have to be able to get yourself into a window where you can take the car to a level to which you probably haven’t been at any other time in the weekend.
“You have to go to another level and that’s why qualifying is sensation in those last five minutes.
“If you can get your head in that space and you’ve got no baggage from previous crashes then that’s a big step forward.
“Then you’ve got to have the mind management to go very deep and be prepared to risk quite a bit.”
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have shared four wins so far this season with Valtteri Bottas taking the other race.
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It means Hamilton and Vettel are just six points apart at the top of the F1 World Drivers’ Championship with the German leading his British rival.
And with qualifying so important, Webber reckons which ever driver can nail the first corner best in Q3 will stand the best chance of ending Sunday on top of the table.
“You can lose time anywhere but it goes without saying that you’ve got to get through Sainte-Devote,” Webber added.
“It’s always nice to look down in Q3 and see that you’re half a tenth or a tenth up.
Sainte Devote is a notoriously tricky and tight corner at the Monaco Grand Prix
“Then you’re in the right frame of mind.
“You don’t want to be going into casino square a little bit on the back foot.
“If you get the first sector out the way, you can build the rhythm and the momentum of the lap.”
***Channel 4 is the home of free-to-air Formula One in the UK with live coverage of 10 Grands Prix this season and comprehensive highlights of every race weekend. Watch the Monaco Grand Prix on Channel 4 from 12pm on Sunday 28 May.***