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Conquering Canada with Lotus F1
1 June 2013
Turns 1 & 2:
Braking from over 300km/h into the slow combination of turns 1 and 2 has seen some great wheel to wheel action over the years. A crucial corner, especially on the opening lap.
Turns 3 & 4:
A fast right-left chicane, where the drivers need to ride the kerbs for the quickest line.
Turns 6 & 7:
Another chicane; this time left-right and much lower speed than the first, with the drivers needing to ride the kerbs once again for the fastest route.
A 300km/h+ straight leads into a third chicane – right-left once more – which requires quick direction change and good kerb riding capabilities from the car.
Famous for brave moves – in some cases too brave – turn 10 provides another heavy braking area from in excess of 300km/h to around 100km/h.
The fastest section of the track, with maximum speeds of around 330km/h followed by heavy braking and a need to ride the kerbs heavily through the chicane. The exit of the second part of the chicane is bordered by the famous 'Wall of Champions' which has caught out many championship winning drivers over the years.
A different family of rear wing is unleashed for Montréal as the layout requires a low to medium downforce package; somewhat removed from the higher downforce configurations of previous circuits so far this year.
As with the rear wing, lower downforce is required than at previous venues as part of the low to medium downforce package.
The track layout requires a compromise between running the car as soft as you dare to be able to ride the kerbs, whilst maintaining quick change of direction through the many chicanes.
The demands on brakes are far higher here than at any other track, and a lot of Friday running will be dedicated to monitoring brake temperatures in order to evaluate and simulate race performance.
It's quite a harsh circuit for the engine, with long periods spent at full throttle accelerating out of the slow corners and along the straights. It is not a particularly severe layout for the gearbox however.
This will be the second race where we see the combination of medium and super soft Pirelli compounds; Australia being the first. The original, non-revised 2013 constructions will be used for the race while in the practice sessions we will have an opportunity to sample some development tyres; two sets per driver with a new rear construction. The track surface is smooth, though not as smooth as Monaco. There are relatively low energies going through the tyres, although the potential ambient temperature can range from 15°C to 35°C which affects performance.
Feature provided by the Lotus F1 Team
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