Apologies readers – this was scheduled for publication last night and slipped through the net. If you click on the first picture and then use click on the > icon to keep moving forward, the pictures are much bigger for viewing. There’s is quiz in here as well as a small tribute.
Arriving at turn 1
Williams lads now got to the exit of T1 and down into 2
Look how abrasive the surface is – and T2 falls away sharply.
On to T3 – rivers of water can flow here
Its over 30 C out there and humid – T3 pretty open and quick
Here the UV is punishing even though not sunny – On to turn 4..
Looks rather scruffy – the apex of T4
T5 & 6 long tyre eating high speed chicane
T7 8 hurt front left tyres – double right hander
Lotus lads having a late start? RG and DV walking the track but no Kimi
Pastor showing interest and doing the track walk – might be quicker than his car
T9 – tight and uphill – low traction too
Accelerating up through 10 11
Turn 11 requires braking and turning at the same time…
Flat out now through exit and on to 12
It’s seriously hot – but the hat is required…..
Tricky T14 – exit important but braking turning into apex is difficult due to high lateral load
Important to get a good T14 exit onto long back straight
This back straight is sooo long
T15 the final hairpin – designed for overtaking
Back onto start finish straight … but …
.. Pastor – box box box – for your lunch lunch lunch
pit lane loses about 21 seconds and in 2012 there were 76 stops
Looking back now at T9
Entrance to T14 then onto back straight
..Might have guessed….
…It’s hot but lots of UV around…
..Look left at the hairpin left as a driver and this is what you see
After T8 – Which driver came to know this part of the circuit intimately?
Turn 9 tends to sneak up on the drivers