A lap of Sepang with Raikkonen

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen describes a lap of the Sepang circuit "Crossing the start line at the Sepang circuit, you reach a speed of 303km/h in seventh gear on the long pit straight before braking dramatically for the tight complex, which ...

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen describes a lap of the Sepang circuit

"Crossing the start line at the Sepang circuit, you reach a speed of 303km/h in seventh gear on the long pit straight before braking dramatically for the tight complex, which incorporates a downhill gradient. The right-hander is taken at 85km/h in second, with your speed dropping slightly for the left turn that follows immediately."

Kimi Raikkonen.
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"As the track is fairly wide at this point of the track there are often good opportunities for overtaking under braking. Accelerating out, the track leads to the long right-hander of turn three that sweeps you round onto a short straight.

"Pushing hard on the throttle, you reach some 290km/h in sixth gear before braking sharply, dropping down to 103km/h in second for the tight right-hander of turn four. On the exit, you quickly flick up through the gears as you approach the flowing left of turn five, which is negotiated at 225km/h in fourth gear."

"The tighter right of turn six follows and requires a slight touch on the brakes, bringing your speed down to 175km/h still in fourth. Another quick sprint along a short straight comes next, at speeds of 244km/h, on the approach to the two right-handers of turns seven and eight."

"Turn seven is taken at 193km/h, the slightly more open turn of eight sees your speed increase by 10km/h. As you exit the corner, you continue to push hard on the throttle along the straight that leads to the very tight turn nine."

"Braking hard as you enter the complex at the back of the circuit, the left-hander, is negotiated in second gear at 80km/h. On the throttle as you exit, you build and maintain your speed through the long, right-hander of turn ten, reaching some 210km/h in fourth gear."

"Turn eleven, a 90-degree right-hander is taken at 124km/h. Another short burst of power takes you to turn twelve. Keeping your speed through the corner, you then dab the brakes, dropping to 176km/h in third for the slower right hand of turn thirteen.

"Flicking down a gear, the sharp right of turn fourteen swings you round almost 180-degrees at some 114km/h onto the straight that runs parallel to the start-finish straight, separated by the massive grandstand."

"Powering along the straight and 290km/h in sixth, you then braking sharply to negotiate the hairpin of turn fifteen, at 106km/h in second, which flips you back onto the start-finish straight to begin another lap."

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams McLaren