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 273km/h in fifth gear on the approach to Grand Courbe, before dabbing the brakes slightly to take the...

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 273km/h in fifth gear on the approach to Grand Courbe, before dabbing the brakes slightly to take the flat out long left hander."

Kimi Raikkonen.
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"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."

"Powering along the back straight, which has a gentle curve to the right, you reach speeds of 297km/h 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 80km/h to negotiate the tight bend."

"You push hard on the throttle as you exit, reaching 260km/h in fifth gear along the straight, through the slight right kink, before dabbing the brakes for the fast N?rburgring chicane. You take the right-left weave at some 210km/h in fourth."

"Flicking up through the gears, you briefly touch 260km/h 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 88km/h in second gear."

On the power on the exit through another right-left weave, you reach 245km/h in fourth on the approach to the fast fourth gear Imola chicane. The track dips as you take the right-left chicane at 217km/h.

"A short burst of acceleration takes you to the Ch?teau d'Eau, the long right hander, which has been altered slightly, sees you slow from 225km/h in fourth to 96km/h in second. Accelerating out you reach 257km/h along the new approach to Lyc?e, which has a gentle curve to the left."

"We will have to brake hard for the sharp right of Lyc?e, which is taken at 80km/h in second, and leads back onto the start-finish straight, through a right-left kink, to begin another lap."

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams McLaren