A lap of Nurburgring with Wurz

McLaren third driver Alex Wurz takes a trip round a lap of the Nurburgring "Powering up through the gears along the start-finish straight at the Nürburgring you reach 181mph/290kph in sixth gear, before braking hard for the entrance to the ...

McLaren third driver Alex Wurz takes a trip round a lap of the Nurburgring

"Powering up through the gears along the start-finish straight at the Nürburgring you reach 181mph/290kph in sixth gear, before braking hard for the entrance to the Mercedes Arena, which is a tight right hand hairpin that will see you drop into 1st gear. A long 180-degree left hander and a 90-degree right hander follows immediately, which swing you round onto the short straight that leads to the fast left of Valvoline Kurve. You brake from speeds of 165mph/265kph in fifth gear to 110mph/177kph in third gear to negotiate the quick, sweeping bend. A short burst on the throttle takes you to the second gear Ford Kurve, this bumpy right hander is taken at 65mph/104kph."

"Exiting downhill you accelerate up to 185mph/297kph in sixth gear on the approach to the Dunlop Kehre hairpin, which is taken at 60mph / 96kph in second. It is important to take a good line through the hairpin so that you can push hard on the throttle early as you exit. Up the hill towards the RTL corner reaching speeds of 175mph/281kph before lifting slightly for the left-right flick of the chicane."

"You then braking hard for the RTL corner, dropping down to 85mph/136kph in third for the 90-degree left-hander. A similar right-hander, which is one of the most crucial corners on the circuit, follows and takes you onto the back straight, you must maintain a high speed through here to get a quick lap time. Taken flat-out, the fast, sweeping straight, with a slight right kink, sees you reach 190mph/300kph in seventh gear as you approach the Veedol-S chicane, the main overtaking opportunity at the circuit."

"This is another tough braking point as you drop from the highest speed at the Nürburgring to 60mph/96kph in second to negotiate the chicane where you have to drive aggressively over the curbs in order to carry the speed through the corner. Accelerating out, a short burst on the throttle sees you reach 140mph/225kph in fourth before dabbing the brakes for the final corner, Coca Cola Kurve. Taken at 75mph/120kph and using the whole curb as you exit, the right-hander flicks you back onto the start-finish straight to begin another lap."

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Alexander Wurz
Teams Mercedes , McLaren