A lap of Monza with Raikkonen

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen describes a lap of Monza "Starting a lap of Monza, you power up through the gears along the wide Rettifilio Tribune straight reaching the top speed of all the circuits on the calendar, 350km/h in seventh gear. The ...

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen describes a lap of Monza

"Starting a lap of Monza, you power up through the gears along the wide Rettifilio Tribune straight reaching the top speed of all the circuits on the calendar, 350km/h in seventh gear. The right-left Rettifilio Chicane is located at the end of the straight and sees your speed drop as you brake dramatically to 115km/h in second."

Kimi Raikkonen.
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"As you exit, you immediately reach the Curva Grande. This long, bumpy right-hander is taken flat out and your speed increases to some 290km/h in sixth before arriving to the Variante dello Roggia. You brake from some 335km/h in sixth to 115km/h to negotiate the left-right chicane, which has a tricky entry as it is very bumpy and slippery."

"Another short straight follows and takes you to the double apex right hander of Curva di Lesmos. You enter the first turn at 168km/h in third. A quick burst of acceleration sees your speed increase up to 225km/h before you then brake for the second apex, which is negotiated at 150km/h also in third."

"It is important to maintain a good speed through Lesmos, as it takes you onto a long straight, which has a slight left curve. You reach 340km/h in seventh as you blast towards the Curva del Vialone."

"Another hard braking zone takes your speed down to 145km/h in third to negotiate the left hander, the entry of the famous Ascari chicane, which is immediately followed by a right-hander leading into the next left hand corner."

"This is quite an exciting section of corners, which then flicks you onto the back straight, achieving speeds of 340km/h in seventh gear as you approach the famous Parabolica. The tight entrance to this long sweeping right hander is taken at some 160km/h and as the curve opens out your speed increases and you are swung back onto the start-finish straight to begin another lap."

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams McLaren