A lap of Melbourne with Coulthard

McLaren's David Coulthard drives a lap of the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne: "The Albert Park track is characterised by long sweeping curves, punctuated by tight chicanes and corners. This is demonstrated as you start a lap of the circuit, ...

McLaren's David Coulthard drives a lap of the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne:

"The Albert Park track is characterised by long sweeping curves, punctuated by tight chicanes and corners. This is demonstrated as you start a lap of the circuit, powering up through the gears along the start-finish line at the 3.295 mile/5.303 km Albert Park circuit, you reach some 190mph/305kph in seventh gear, before braking hard for the right-left weave of turns one and two."

David Coulthard.
Photo by Steve Rossini.
"The Aughtie Drive straight follows and leads to the tight right of turn three, which is taken at 50mph/80kph in second gear, which marks the hardest breaking point on the track as you pull some 3.5G. Turn five marks the start of a sequence of bends through which you need to maintain as much speed as possible to ensure you secure a quick lap time."

"Turn ten is another long, flowing bend, which sees you accelerate through the left of turn ten as your speed increases to some 183mph/294kph in seventh gear, before the fast left-right chicane of eleven and twelve. The final section of the track is a combination of slow, sharp bends, the last of which is a tight left hander and is negotiated in first gear at 45mph/70kph."

"On the exit, you apply throttle momentarily and shortshift into third gear for the last bumpy right hander that flicks you back onto the start finish straight to begin another lap."

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard
Teams McLaren