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.

Brakes: You need good brakes which can be modulated well to attack the chicane before the last corner, which is a good overtaking opportunity.

Engine: There are no engine requirements which are specific to the N?rburgring, so we are looking for good mid-range torque to aid the drivers on exit of the medium speed corners, plus good all-round driveability.

Tyres: It's the medium and soft tyres, which are suitable compound choices as we can see lower temperatures at the N?rburgring and there aren't the energy demands of a track like Silverstone. The soft is quite a racy tyre, so I would expect to see around a second per lap difference in qualifying pace with a 2-3 stop race.

Feature courtesy of the Lotus F1 Team


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