A lap of Albert Park with Montoya

McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya describes a lap of Melbourne's Albert Park circuit "Powering up through the gears along the start-finish you reach some 310km/h in sixth gear, before braking hard for the right-left weave of turns one and two. Your...

McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya describes a lap of Melbourne's Albert Park circuit

"Powering up through the gears along the start-finish you reach some 310km/h in sixth gear, before braking hard for the right-left weave of turns one and two. Your speed drops to 132km/h in second gear and then increases through the left weave to some 219km/h."

Juan Pablo Montoya.
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"You apply the throttle on the exit for the Aughtie Drive straight, reaching some 295km/h in sixth on the approach to the tight right of turn three, which is taken at 76km/h in first gear, which marks the hardest breaking point on the track as you pull some 1.6G."

"This is again immediately followed by turn four, a sharp left hander which flicks you onto the short Whitford straight. Power on, you reach 240km/h in fifth gear along the straight before dabbing the brakes for the long, flowing right hander of turn five, which sees your speed decrease only slightly to 230km/h in fourth gear. It is one of those corners that you take flat in qualifying."

"You need to maintain as much speed as possible through this sequence of bends to ensure you have a good exit as you power down the short straight that takes you to the tight right of turn six, reaching 285km/h in fifth, before braking for the second gear right hander which is taken at 123km/h."

"Exiting, you take it completely flat through the sweeping right of the Lauda curve, reaching some 288km/h in sixth gear on the approach to Clark. This sharp right is negotiated at 109km/h in second gear."

"Hard on the throttle, another long, sweeping bend follows. You need to accelerate through the left of turn ten you as your speed increases to some 288km/h in sixth gear, before the fast left-right chicane of eleven and twelve."

"Maintaining fourth gear through this section of the track, with your speed not dropping below 212km/h, you keep on the throttle as you exit along the short straight that leads to Ascari."

"Another hard braking point, your speed drops from 298km/h in sixth gear to 122km/h in second for the tight right hander. A short straight leads to Stewart, another right hander, which is taken at 165km/h in third gear."

"Again a short burst of acceleration on the approach to the 90-degree right of Prost, you reach 236km/h in fourth before braking hard for the final two corners. The first of which is a tight left hander and is negotiated in first gear at 74km/h."

"On the exit, you apply throttle momentarily and shortshift into third gear for the last bumpy right hander that flicks you back onto the start finish straight to begin another lap."

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams McLaren