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Heikki Kovalainen’s Korean GP lap

9 October 2012

“The start / finish straight is pretty short and then it's into the second gear turn one. It's very tight and you need a good exit to make sure you go onto the first long straight with as much speed as possible, using KERS to really push you out of the corner and towards T2.

"Braking into turn 3 is pretty straightforward – it's another second gear corner and you want to come out of there with as much speed as possible so you're using another big chunk of KERS and DRS to power your way out.

“Turn four is almost 180° so it's down to second or even first gear, depending on the balance of the car. If you have a really strong front end you may be able to get through in second, otherwise you need first. Turns five and six are a bit fiddly, still in second, but then the speed builds as you go uphill through turn seven and you stay flat out through eight. It's a really quick section of the track, you lift a little in nine, carrying as much speed as possible as you very quickly arrive in the braking zone for turn ten.

“For turn ten you go quickly down through the gears to first and it's not so important to get on the power early, it's more about carrying speed through the middle and exit of the corner and then it's on to turn 11, a double apex left which you go into in fourth and then flick down to third as you head towards turn 12.

“12, 13 and 14 are a sequence of right / left / right corners, all medium speed, third or fourth gear and you need to make sure you have the right line out of them for turn 15. 15 and 16 are almost one corner but you have to avoid a pretty heavy kerb in 16 so you can get on the power and stay on it through 17 and 18 and back on to the start line.”


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