A lap of Barcelona with Ralf

Williams' Ralf Schumacher describes a lap of the Circuit de Catalunya "Barcelona is a technically demanding circuit with fast corners and high grip. This means that we have to endure extreme G-forces of sometimes over 4 G. The first critical...

Williams' Ralf Schumacher describes a lap of the Circuit de Catalunya

"Barcelona is a technically demanding circuit with fast corners and high grip. This means that we have to endure extreme G-forces of sometimes over 4 G. The first critical point comes right after the start: before the Elf right-hand corner we have to brake from over 300 km/h to 120 km/h. A real bottleneck."

Ralf Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.

"A left-hand corner is followed by the Curvone Renault, a sweeping, very fast right-hand corner that we take in 5th gear at roughly 255 km/h. On the short straight we speed up to 290 km/h, before dropping to 2nd gear to enter the Repsol corner at 120 km/h."

"The Seat hairpin bend is, at roughly 85 km/h, the slowest corner. Accelerating out of it, the course twists into a slight bend. We reach over 250 km/h here before arriving at the braking point of the W?rth left-hand corner. A short, uphill straight then leads to the Campsa corner."

"It's vital to have as much speed as possible going into this 4th-gear corner. We drive right over the kerbs and exit the corner at 200 km/h. On the Nissan straight, at 295 km/h, we come up to the very slow, and very bumpy, hairpin bend La Caixa, which is followed immediately by the next hairpin bend, Banc de Sabadell. Both corners are taken in 2nd gear."

"They are followed by the last two corners, at the same time the best and fastest on the entire circuit: the Europcar is taken at 225 km/h, the second one, New Holland, we take in 4th gear at 265 km/h and, as we exit the corner, we still have 225 km/h on the clock. Naturally, we try to get up as much speed as possible as we head for the start-finish straight."

-williams-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher
Teams Williams