Thursday, February 13, 2014

Istanbul Park, Istanbul

The first of the 'classic tracks' I will upload is Istanbul Park.

Nation: Turkey
Locality: Istanbul
Track: Istanbul Park
Purpose: F1 race host (2005-2011)
Lap Record: 1:24.770 (2005)

Overhead shot. Start-finish straight is on the bottom.

Angled shot

The start-finish straight. The track drops away from drivers into turn 1 making braking here difficult and easy to lock up. Aim to brake just before the dip.

Once the driver makes it through here, there is a long, curving, uphill section to contend with. The car is constantly pulling toward the outside of the track making it difficult to stay on the road.

Turn 4 sees the track drop away again, aiding in getting a good drive away.

But be careful - coming up soon is a double-left hander. Easy to run wide

The famous turn 8. A quadruple-apex left hander ensures the drivers neck muscles are strained to the limit.

A left-right chicane follows this, providing good overtaking opportunities as well as a chance to launch yourself down the DRS straight.

The end of the lap features a slow and tricky left-right-left sequence. Be careful on the throttle here as a car can easily run off the road.
 Unfortunately there will be no video of this circuit as my controller has no battery and driving by keyboard is interesting to say the least. Take care and happy modelling.

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