Author: James Allen

Born in 1985, James Allen is a motorsport journalist and author. He began his career as a teenage blogger, writing about his love of motorsport, and this led to a career in journalism. He has worked for several of the world’s leading motorsport publications, including Autosport, Motorsport.com and ESPN. He is highly respected within Update F1 and the blog is read by drivers, team principals and fans across the world. He has won a number of awards for his journalism, including the prestigious Lorenzo Bandini Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best motorsport journalist in the world.

Circuit Paul Ricard Observe size 3.813 km Circuit Paul Ricard Variety of laps 1 Circuit Paul Ricard Race distance 3.813 km ROUTE Paul Ricard Paul Ricard Le Castellet, France * The Paul Ricard Ring is presently used for testing vehicles. Earlier race winners. Arnoux “Renault” 1983: A.Prostas “Renault” 1985: N.Piquet “Brabham” 1986: N.Mansell “Williams” 1987: N.Mansell “Williams” 1988: A.Prostas “McLaren” 1989: A.Protas “McLaren” 1990. Prost “Ferrari”

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Circuito do Estoril Monitor size 4,360 km Circuito do Estoril Variety of laps 1 Circuito do Estoril Race distance 4,360 km ROUTE Estoril Autodromo Fernanda Pires da Silva Circuit Estoril, Portugal * The Circuit of Estoril is presently used for observe testing. Circuit lap: “The circuit begins with a banked begin straight and the primary nook is an prolonged right-hander, which is slightly bit extra banked. From right here it’s uphill to a different appendix, adopted by an extended straight with a pointy right-hand bend on the first half. On the finish of the straight there’s a very lengthy left-hand…

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Japanese GP Course size 5.807 km Japanese GP Variety of laps 53 Japanese GP Race distance 307.573 km ROUTE Japan GP Suzuka Taking a lap of the monitor with Eddie Irvine: “The monitor is a little bit of a downhill run earlier than the primary nook. The braking just isn’t too heavy right here, however the center a part of the nook in third gear is hard as a result of the automotive slides so much. Popping out of this nook, fourth gear is engaged and the well-known S’s are approaching. First it is a left flip, then a pointy…

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Italian GP Observe size 5.793 km Italian GP Variety of laps 53 Italian GP Race distance 306.720 km ROUTE Italian GP on the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza Finishing the lap of the race with Felipe Massa: “I actually like Monza as a result of it’s extremely quick. I am taking place the start-finish straight at round 350 km/h. Earlier than the primary nook, I brake very onerous, then I am going from seventh to first gear. It’s a must to be very cautious to not lock the wheels right here, in any other case it is simple to show…

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Belgian GP Course size 7.004 km Belgian GP Variety of laps 44 Belgian GP Race distance 308.052 km ROUTE Belgian GP at Spa-Francorshamps Finishing the race lap with Alexander Wurz: On the start-finish straight, the 280 km/h method to the very sharp La Supply nook. The pace on this nook is 56 km/h. The accelerator is totally depressed after this nook, the pace reaches 290 km/h on the quick straight and the spectacular Eau Rouge nook is approached with out braking in any respect and the pace stays round 290 km/h. The pace at which this nook is negotiated determines…

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Hungarian GP Course size 4,381 km Hungarian GP Variety of laps 70 Hungarian GP Race distance 306,630 km ROUTE Hungarian GP Hungaroring, Budapest Take a look at the lap with Olivier Panis: “After a brief begin straight, you go into the primary nook in sixth gear. The braking on the nook may be very late, and after the braking it’s in third gear. It is a nook the place the automobile slides loads, but it surely’s the one place on the observe that is extra beneficial for cornering. The second prolonged left-hander is satisfactory in second gear.” “That is adopted…

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“Magny-Cours, Nevers , FACTS Monitor size 4.411 km Variety of laps 70 Race distance 308.586 km ROUTE Magny-Cours, Nevers Try the lap with Olivier Panis: “Magny-Cours is a really attention-grabbing circuit. It has lots of quick corners and the observe floor may be very flat. There isn’t a different observe with such a easy floor. The primary nook of the observe, Grande Courbe, may be very enjoyable and quick, and could be negotiated in sixth gear throughout qualifying, typically with out absolutely letting off the accelerator. That is adopted by a slight pause earlier than the right-hand, very lengthy Estoril…

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German GP Course size 5.148 km German GP Variety of laps 60 German GP Race distance 308.863 km ROUTE German GP at Nurburgring Try the lap with Jacques Villeneuve: “General, the Nurburgring is a tough observe. The boundaries block the view in a number of locations and the crowds of spectators are fairly distant from the observe, so typically it is onerous to know the place you might be on the observe. It is a fashionable but additionally fascinating observe. The primary a part of the course might be a brand new problem as the primary nook has been changed…

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Canadian GP Course size 4.361 km Canadian GP Variety of laps 70 Canadian GP Race distance 305.270 km ROUTE Canadian GP on the Circuit Gillles Villeneuve, Montreal Try the circuit with Jacques Villeneuve: “It’s a must to brake laborious coming into the primary nook, but it surely’s fairly a quick nook. The slowest a part of the primary sector is the second right-hander, which does not have a huge impact on the pace on the subsequent quick straight. This straight is adopted by the quickest nook on the S-shaped course, which is a bit blind and has a steep gradient.”…

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Austrian GP Monitor size 4.326 km Austrian GP Variety of laps 71 Austrian GP Race distance 307.146 km ROUTE Australian GP A1-Ring, Spielberg Taking a lap of the circuit with Michael Schumacher: “Crossing the start-finish line at full pace, you possibly can’t see the primary nook, however you already know it is a very tight right-hander. As you method the 100-metre mark (to the nook), you hit the brakes as exhausting as you possibly can and get into your seat belt as you decelerate to 120 km/h.” “In case you get by way of the primary nook, then the observe…

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