Gillan describes a lap of Shanghai

Jaguar's Dr. Mark Gillan, head of vehicle performance, describes a lap of the new Shanghai cirucit. "The new circuit, designed by Hermann Tilke, promises to be an exciting track for both the drivers and the spectators. The layout looks fairly ...

Jaguar's Dr. Mark Gillan, head of vehicle performance, describes a lap of the new Shanghai cirucit.

"The new circuit, designed by Hermann Tilke, promises to be an exciting track for both the drivers and the spectators. The layout looks fairly similar to Bahrain, where we secured our first point of 2005."

"The circuit has a mix of high and low speed corners coupled with a 1.1 km straight. Turn one looks very interesting. It's a long right-hander, which comes back on itself and the further you go into the corner, the slower you have to go."

"Then you turn into a tight left-hander, which is even slower, before accelerating hard up to another heavy braking point and down to first gear for the second slowest corner on the track."

"Leaving there, you enter a fast section of the track for a quick left-hander, then into a right/left that brings you into a short straight where you accelerate up to sixth gear again."

"After braking into a 90 left, which is taken in first gear, there's a short acceleration into a very, very tight long right-hander which opens onto the fastest part of the track, using seventh gear and clocking speeds of around 320 kays by the end of the straight."

"Then it's hard braking and first gear into the slowest corner of the track, which should provide a good opportunity for overtaking. To finish the lap you have a left-hander, which brings you back onto the home straight."

-jaguar-

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