Renault's Jarno Trulli drives a lap of the Magny Cours circuit, home of the French Grand Prix. "At the start of the lap I enter a very fast left-hand corner and I'll be changing into top gear, taking it at 280 km/h. It is quite easy flat, but ...
Renault's Jarno Trulli drives a lap of the Magny Cours circuit, home of the French Grand Prix.
"At the start of the lap I enter a very fast left-hand corner and I'll be changing into top gear, taking it at 280 km/h. It is quite easy flat, but I need to position the car well on exit as it leads into the important right-hander at Turn Two."
"I will be approaching this corner, at just under 290 km/h and due to the camber I almost take two apexes through it, hitting the first one at around 200 km/h and then dropping down to around 175 km/h for the second, while holding fourth gear throughout."
"It's a difficult corner since the car will always tend to understeer here due to the high loading on the left hand tyre and my aim will be minimise understeer to get good speed on the main straight that follows."
"At the end of this straight, I will be doing around 300 km/h in top gear before braking very hard, typically at 4g, and then dropping down to first gear and 60 km/h for the hairpin."
"Exiting the corner is difficult and often during the race the entry to the corner is offline if you have to defend your position. However, on exiting it, I will get up to around 280 km/h in top gear just getting into sixth gear before entering the first of the fast chicanes."
"This is a right-left chicane with the first part taken at 215 km/h in fourth gear and the second part being almost but not quite flat with just a small lift as I apex around 230 km/h before reaching the next left-hand hairpin."
"I should get to 260kmh in fifth gear before dropping to second at around 88 km/h, which makes this a slightly quicker hairpin than the first one. The exit from this corner is similar to exit from the first hairpin in that I will reach 285 km/h in top gear before entering the second of the very fast chicanes."
"This is again a right-left chicane and it differs from the first one in that the first part of the chicane is quicker than the second part. Like the first chicane it is also taken in fourth gear but my apexes will be at 220 km/h and 210 km/h. In addition, there is a bit of a dip in the track here which adds extra load to the car."
"On exiting the chicane, I will hold fourth gear to around 230 km/h before dropping down to second gear and around 95 km/h for another long right hand corner."
"As I head back towards the pit area, I should just get into fifth gear at 260 km/h before entering the final chicane, which is much slower than the previous two and is taken in second gear at between 120 km/h and 130 km/h."
"On exit, I won't get to full throttle before having to brake again for the final very tight corner, which I will take at 70 km/h in first gear. The start/finish line is very close to the exit corner so for a good qualifying lap I need to pay particular attention to this exit as I cross the finish line at 140 km/h in second gear."