Renault's Jarno Trulli drives a lap of the Sepang circuit: "I approach Turn 1 at around 295kmh in top gear and the first couple of corners actually make up quite a difficult complex. I will hold second gear through both the right-hand and the ...
Renault's Jarno Trulli drives a lap of the Sepang circuit:
"I approach Turn 1 at around 295kmh in top gear and the first couple of corners actually make up quite a difficult complex. I will hold second gear through both the right-hand and the left-hand corners, with the first bit slightly slower at just over 70kmh, and the left-hand part which follows apexed at around 80kmh."
"I have to be very careful with the throttle as I come out of there and it is a tricky exit which leads into a long right-hand corner which I can accelerate through flat out, creating significant g-force loadings. A short straight will take me up to around 290kmh in top gear before dropping down to second gear and braking to 100kmh for the next right-hand corner."
"After this we have a couple of interesting fast fifth-gear corners. The first one is taken at around 225kmh without braking then the short straight allows me to just get to full throttle before entering the right-hand corner at around 220kmh.They were quite difficult corners in the past, but this year I think developments to the car and tyres mean they will be a little easier."
"I then get up to sixth gear on the short straight which comes next, heading into the following right-hand corner at around 275 kmh before dropping down to fifth and apexing at around 165kmh. Again, another short straight allows me to get up to sixth gear and I reach 275kmh before dropping down to the very tight left-hand corner which I take at just over 70kmh in second gear."
"This leads into a very interesting long right-hand section that I take in fourth gear at around 230kmh with just a small lift, which again I hope we can take flat out this year. The corner then tightens a little bit. I will have to drop down to third gear as I drive through it, and by the time I complete that part of the complex I will be at around 145kmh."
"Next up is a fast left-hand corner, about 250kmh in fifth gear, and just a small lift will steady the car for that corner. I stay in fifth as I head up to the next long right-hander, which I take at around 270kmh, before braking down to second gear and 110kmh as I exit onto the final straight and begin accelerating back up through the gears."
"Depending on the exit speed from that corner, I will reach a speed of up to 310kmh in sixth gear before dropping down to 80kmh in second gear for the final left-hand hairpin that leads back onto the start-finish straight."