A lap of Hungary with Raikkonen

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen describes a lap of the Hungaroring "As you cross the line at the Hungaroring, you reach some 310km/h in sixth gear as you power along the approach to turn one. As the downhill right-hander swings you round 180-degrees,...

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen describes a lap of the Hungaroring

"As you cross the line at the Hungaroring, you reach some 310km/h in sixth gear as you power along the approach to turn one. As the downhill right-hander swings you round 180-degrees, your speed drops to 103km/h. On the power as you exit, you reach 238km/h in fifth gear along the short straight that leads to turn three, a long first gear left hander that is negotiated at 104km/h."

Kimi Raikkonen.
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"The sweeping right of turn four follows immediately, and your speed increases to some 227km/h and takes you onto the back straight. Powering up through the gears to some 286km/h in sixth, you dab the brakes as you enter the fast, left-hander of turn five. Changing down into third gear, it is taken at 197km/h. You then climb uphill, reaching some 236km/h, in fourth, on the approach to turn six. This long, bumpy right hander is taken at 138km/h in second gear."

"You push hard on the throttle for the short straight that leads to the right-left chicane of turns seven and eight, which is taken at 98km/h in first. The chicane leads you to turn nine, a second gear left hander, taken at 143km/h, which itself is immediately followed by the right flick of turn ten. It is important to maintain your speed through the corner as you accelerate out through the slight left kink of turn eleven, reaching 245km/h in fourth gear."

"Then softly on the brakes for turn twelve. The track tightens as you drive through the right hander. A short burst on the throttle takes you to the revised 90-degrees right of turn thirteen. You brake from 290km/h to 87km/h. On the approach to turn fourteen, you reach 230km/h in fourth before braking hard for the left-hander hairpin, which is taken at 92km/h in second. The final right-hander is negotiated at 119km/h in first gear and takes you back onto the start-finish straight."

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams McLaren