Renault's Jenson Button takes a trip round the revised Nurburgring circuit. "The first part of the track at the NÃ¼rburgring is significantly different this year and therefore we have to rely on the simulation done by the engineers to give me...
Renault's Jenson Button takes a trip round the revised Nurburgring circuit.
"The first part of the track at the Nürburgring is significantly different this year and therefore we have to rely on the simulation done by the engineers to give me some idea of how to tackle the first few corners. I will still be approaching the first corner at approximately 300 kph in top gear but instead of meeting a third-gear chicane now I have to brake very hard into a tight hairpin which I anticipate taking at around 80 kph, probably in first gear.
This will immediately lead me into a long left-hand corner which looks reasonably fast at around 155 kph and therefore third gear. I should be able to get fourth gear at around 225 kph before entering the next new left-hand corner, which looks quicker than the first corner and should be taken at around 95 kph in second gear. I hope to hold second gear and take the final part of the new complex at around 105 kph before rejoining the old track.
Back on familiar territory, I will be reaching around 280 kph before dropping down to 180 kph for the next left-hand corner. As I exit the corner, I have to position my car carefully for the second-gear 120 kph right-hander that follows.
After this I should reach around 285 kph in top gear before entering the hairpin, a 100 kph second-gear corner. As I accelerate up the hill I have to deal with a tricky left-hand corner which I take at around 240 kph in fifth gear, using a little bit of left-foot braking and coming off the throttle slightly. It is unlikely that I will be able to take this corner without lifting, even with the increased grip that we have this year.
I will reach around 290 kph in top gear before entering the first of two quite fast and challenging corners, the left one at 150 kph in third gear and the right-hander at around 170 kph.
A good exit is needed from this corner before the long run to the chicane where I should reach just under 300 kph in top gear before braking hard and flicking left to right at between 85-95 kph in second gear through the chicane.
On exiting the chicane I will only get up to fourth gear, around 230 kph, before entering the final second-gear corner where I would apex at around 115 kph. I need a good exit from the corner in order to get good maximum speed on the way down to turn 1."