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German Grand Prix: How to be the Lord of the Ring

An engineer's guide to the Nurburgring, venue for this weekend's German Grand Prix - the ninth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship
The Circuit

Turns 1 - 4: There's a quite technical low speed complex through T1-T4, with mechanical grip and suspension settings holding greater importance here than at other sections of the circuit where downforce and the aero package have greater influence.

Turns 5 - 6: Good high speed turn in and balance are required here. T5 is approached at around 270kph and taken at just over 200kph, before braking to around 130kph for T6.

Turn 7: Strong braking with good modulation is required into the hairpin, which provides a good overtaking opportunity. Approached at 280kph, the drivers drop all the way to 100kph through here.

Turns 8 - 9: A high speed section of the circuit taken at over 250kph.

Turns 10 - 11: Good mid-range pickup is required from the engine exiting T10 & T11; both of which are taken between 160 - 170kph.

Turn 12: The drivers will be flat out through here at around 280kph.

Turns 13 - 14: The chicane is the only corner around the circuit where the kerbs are used. The left is taken at under 100kph, the right slightly faster.

Turn 15: This corner is vital to achieve good speed down the main straight. The drivers need to shed 100kph coming into the corner and ensure a clean exit on to the power.

The Car

Front Wing: You need a car which carries a reasonable amount of front wing at this circuit to balance the car for the longish medium speed corners.

Rear Wing: The downforce level used here is very similar to that of Silverstone, which is on the high side relative to the other circuits seen during the season.

Suspension: We need to concentrate on a set-up for high speed change of direction here, so it's somewhere you'd have the car set up a little stiffer than the general baseline. There is not much use of the kerbs so you don't need to factor this into the equation.

Tagged as: Nürburgring , Lotus

Related Pictures

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05.07.2013- Free Practice 1, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
05.07.2013- Free Practice 1, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C32 and Adrian Sutil (GER), Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
05.07.2013- Free Practice 1, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35
05.07.2013- Free Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
05.07.2013- Free Practice 1, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138

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