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3 Lap of the circuit

Fernando Alonso 's Lap Guide

“It’s a great racing track with a lot of overtaking, especially going into Turn One. It’s quite a short lap but very tricky all the same. The track is normally pretty dirty when we get there on the Friday, but it gets quicker and quicker during the weekend. As a result we normally start with a medium downforce set-up but during the weekend, as more rubber gets laid down, we take the rear downforce off to allow the car to go as quick as possible down the straight. This gives you the chance to overtake and gain positions during the race. It is an anti clockwise track which makes it more difficult for the left hand side of the neck. The important thing to remember is not to underestimate the time that you can gain or loose on the pit entry, and especially on the pit exit.  The pit exit is a very complicated set of three corners; the first one is blind on a very steep downhill slope; it’s very easy to meet the apex and its very low grip as well.  In Turns Two and Three as you come out of the pits it is very high speed with low grip. It is possible to gain a lot of places here if you practice a lot during Friday and Saturday morning before the race, as it can give you an advantage if you take this set of corners faster than anyone. A lot of races in Sao Paulo are won on the pit entry and pit exit speed of the driver.  The track itself is good for overtaking. Turn One is a second gear corner. It is off camber with a heavy gradient, which makes it quite understeery and difficult to get the car turning precisely. Once you are in Turn Two you have to touch the kerb slightly and go straight on the power as Two and Three are taken flat out. On acceleration you get into the back straight which is a long straight where you reach seventh gear. Turn Four is a 90 degree, third gear corner. You really have to stay away from the kerbs on the exit because they are very bumpy. Turn Five is taken flat easy. Turns Six and Seven make up a very difficult corner; it’s a double apex high speed fifth gear corner. Basically the trick here is to clip the first and the second kerb. This leads to the very slow speed section of Turns Eight, Nine and 10. They are all second gear corners and are very slow but challenging as they are very slippery.  For Turn Eight you have to attack the inside kerb as much as you can, sometimes nearly going onto the grass. Turn Nine is a very understeery corner where you can lose a lot of time if you go into it too quick.  Turn 10 is very slippery on the front wheels and it’s easy to over shoot. You have to pace yourself a little bit on the entry and it’s important to get a clean exit because you start a very steep downhill to Turn 11, a fifth gear corner taken flat; it’s not easy flat though because of the adverse camber and the downhill slope. Then you get to probably the most important and critical corner of the whole circuit at Turn 12. It’s a very slow second gear corner, but its so important to exit with good traction and speed because this leads into Turn 13 and 14, which can be taken flat easy.”

Lap of Interlagos with Kimi Raikkonen

Powering along the uphill start-finish straight at Interlagos, you reach some 184mph / 296kph in seventh gear, before braking hard as the track gradient drops sharply on the entrance to the Descida do Sol. Your speed drops to 55mph / 88kph in second gear as you negotiate the tight left, which provides the best opportunity for overtaking. A flowing right-left sequence follows immediately, you push slightly on the throttle to increase your speed slightly through the right of the Senna 'S', which is taken at 92mph / 148kph in third gear, as is where the pit exit feeds back onto the track. The left of Curva do Sol that follows, is a long bend, which is usually quite bumpy, but is taken flat out, at 125mph / 201kph. It is important to increase your speed and take a good line through the corner as it swings you onto the long Reta Oposta straight. Pushing hard on the throttle, you reach 180mph / 290kph in seventh gear, braking hard for the double apex of Descida do Lago, which is negotiated at 89mph / 143kph in third gear. The entrance to the first tight left provides another good overtaking opportunity. Exiting the second apex, which is very bumpy and should again be taken flat out to ensure you have speed on the exit, you blast along the short straight that leads to Ferra dura. You brake from 171mph / 275kph in fifth gear to 115mph / 185kph in fourth to negotiate the difficult and slippery right hander which is off camber in the exit. Another short burst of power leads to a slow, tight right hander, which is taken in first gear, and is immediately followed by the second gear 55mph / 88kph left hand of Pinheirinho. Exiting in third gear, your speed builds up to about 99mph / 160kph before braking hard for the Bico de Pato hairpin, the slowest point on the track, which is taken in first gear at 46mph / 74kph. The bumpy left hander of Mergulho follows, which can be taken flat out in qualifying at 125mph / 201kph in fourth, before braking hard for the important left hander of Juncão, which is taken in second gear at 50mph / 80kph. This leads you uphill through the long left hander of Subida do Boxes, which takes you back onto the long start-finish straight.

Pedro de la Rosa 's lap of the circuit
Powering along the uphill start-finish straight at Interlagos, you reach some 316km/h in sixth gear, before braking hard as the track gradient drops sharply on the entrance to the Descida do Sol. Your speed drops to 103km/h in first gear as you negotiate the tight left, which provides the best opportunity for overtaking. A flowing right-left sequence follows immediately, you push slightly on the throttle to increase your speed slightly through the right of the Senna 'S', which is taken at 143km/h in third gear, as is where the pit exit feeds back onto the track. The left of Curva do Sol that follows, is a long bend, which is usually quite bumpy, but is taken flat out, at 201km/h. It is important to increase your speed and take a good line through the corner as it swings you onto the long Reta Oposta straight. Pushing hard on the throttle, you reach 310km/h in seventh gear, braking hard for the double apex of Descida do Lago, which is negotiated at 145km/h in second gear. The entrance to the first tight left provides another good overtaking opportunity. Exiting the second apex, which is very bumpy and should again be taken flat out to ensure you have speed on the exit, you blast along the short straight that leads to Ferra dura. You brake from 288km/h in fifth gear to 192km/h in third to negotiate the difficult and slippery right hander which is off camber in the exit. Another short burst of power leads to a slow, tight right hander, which is taken in first gear, and is immediately followed by the second gear 98km/h left hand of Pinheirinho. Exiting in third gear, your speed builds up to about 160km/h before braking hard for the Bico de Pato hairpin, the slowest point on the track, which is taken in first gear at 81km/h. The bumpy left hander of Mergulho follows, which can be taken flat out in qualifying at 235km/h in third, before braking hard for the important left hander of Juncão, which is taken in first gear at 114km/h. This leads you uphill through the long left hander of Subida do Boxes, which takes you back onto the long start-finish straight.

 

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2007 23:00
 

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