A lap of Suzuka with Raikkonen

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen drives a lap of the Suzuka circuit "Accelerating along the downhill pit straight at Suzuka, you reach 195mph/312km/h in seventh gear, before lifting slightly for the fast, fifth gear right of First Curve. The track ...

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen drives a lap of the Suzuka circuit

"Accelerating along the downhill pit straight at Suzuka, you reach 195mph/312km/h in seventh gear, before lifting slightly for the fast, fifth gear right of First Curve. The track continues to bend to the right through the second corner, which is much tighter and negotiated at 95mph/153km/h in third gear."

Kimi Raikkonen.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"A quick burst on the throttle and you reach the left-right-left-right of the 'S' curves, with your speed ranging from 130mph/210km/h at the start, to some 86mph/140km/h for the final right-hander."

"Dunlop Curve is next followed by Degner. The first section of this double right-hander is taken at 115mph/185km/h in fourth gear, before dabbing the brakes for the tighter turn nine, which is taken at 75mph/120km/h in second."

"You flow under the bridge as the track kinks to the right slightly leading into the tight hairpin. On the throttle as you exit, before braking for the double apex of Spoon Curve."

"The first left-hander is entered at 112mph/180km/h in fourth. As you continue round the corner, your speed increases slightly before a dab on the brakes takes your speed down to 87mph/140km/h in third for the second apex."

"Powering up through the gears along the back straight, you crossover the track below on the approach to the 130R. Either flat out or with only a slight lift for the fast left-hander, your speed stays around the 170mph/275km/h mark in the corner."

"Another straight leads to the Casino Triangle chicane. You then sweep back via a long right hander onto the start-finish straight."

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams McLaren