McLaren third driver Alex Wurz drives a lap of the Sepang circuit "Crossing the start line at the Sepang circuit, you reach a speed of 190mph/ 303kph in seventh gear on the long pit straight before braking dramatically for the tight complex,...
McLaren third driver Alex Wurz drives a lap of the Sepang circuit
"Crossing the start line at the Sepang circuit, you reach a speed of 190mph/ 303kph 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 53mph/85kph in second, with your speed dropping slightly for the left turn that follows immediately. 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 180mph/290kmh in sixth gear before braking sharply, dropping down to 64mph/103kph 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 160mph/225kph in fourth gear. The tighter right of turn six follows and requires a slight touch on the brakes, bringing your speed down to 109mph/ 175kph still in fourth."
"Another quick sprint along a short straight comes next, at speeds of 152mph /244kph, on the approach to the two right-handers of turns seven and eight. Turn seven is taken at 120mph/193kph, the slightly more open turn of eight sees your speed increase by 10kph. 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 50mph/80kph. On the throttle as you exit, you build and maintain your speed through the long, right-hander of turn ten, reaching some 131mph/210kph in fourth gear. "
"Turn eleven, a 90-degree right-hander is taken at 77mph/124kph. Another short burst of power takes you to turn twelve. Keeping your speed through the corner, you then dab the brakes, dropping to 110mph/176kph 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 71mph/ 114kph onto the straight that runs parallel to the start-finish straight, separated by the massive grandstand."
"Powering along the straight and 181mph/290kph in seventh, you then braking sharply to negotiate the hairpin of turn fifteen, at 66mph/106kph in second, which flips you back onto the start-finish straight to begin another lap."