A lap of Magny Cours with Raikkonen

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen describes a lap of Magny Cours "A burst of acceleration along the short pit straight at Magny Cours sees you reach 170mph/273kph in fifth gear on the approach to Grand Courbe, before dabbing the brakes slightly to take...

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen describes a lap of Magny Cours

"A burst of acceleration along the short pit straight at Magny Cours sees you reach 170mph/273kph in fifth gear on the approach to Grand Courbe, before dabbing the brakes slightly to take the flat out long left hander. The sweeping right hander of Estoril follows immediately, and you must keep as much speed as possible as the corner swings you round 180-degrees onto the longest and fastest section of the track, Golf."

Kimi Raikkonen.
Photo by Michael Kim.

"Powering along the back straight, which has a gentle curve to the right, you reach speeds of 185mph/297kph in seventh gear before braking hard for the Adelaide hairpin, which is a good overtaking opportunity. A first gear right hander, you pull some 4.2g as you slow to 50mph/80kph to negotiate the tight bend."

"You push hard on the throttle as you exit, reaching 162mph/260kph in fifth gear along the straight, through the slight right kink, before dabbing the brakes for the fast Nurburgring chicane. You take the right-left weave at some 130mph/210kph in fourth. Flicking up through the gears, you briefly touch 162mph/260kph in fifth gear on the approach to the second hairpin."

"Wider than Adelaide, and therefore slightly quicker, the 180-degree left hander is taken at 55mph/88kph in second gear. On the power on the exit through another right-left weave, you reach 153mph/245kph in fourth on the approach to the fast fourth gear Imola chicane."

"The track dips as you take the right-left chicane at 135mph/217kph. A short burst of acceleration takes you to the Chbteau d'Eau, the long right hander, which has been altered slightly, sees you slow from 140mph/225kph in fourth to 60mph/96kph in second."

"Accelerating out you reach 160mph/257kph along the new approach to Lycie, which has a gentle curve to the left. We will have to brake hard for the sharp right of Lycie, which is taken at 50mph/80kph in second, and leads back onto the start-finish straight, through right-left kink, to begin another lap."

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Michael Kim
Teams McLaren