In the First part of Famous F1 corners, we saw Suzuka’s 130 R, Spa Francorchamp’s Eau Rouge, Montreal’s Wall of Champions and Istanbul Park’s Turn Eight. Now lets look at some other famous corners.
Monza’s Parabolica (Italy)
Monza is the fastest circuit on the F1 calendar with its long straights and fast sweeping corners. The Monza track has undergone several changes over the years but the Parabolica has always been there and it is one of those circuits which bring the classic feel to Formula 1 racing.
Parabolica is the final corner of the Monza circuit which leads to the start finish straight. The drivers take the corner at speeds in excess of 200km/hr and lateral acceleration for close to 450 metres. The corner has been known to be a tricky one and has seen a lot of accidents over the years.
Monaco, like Monza, is one of those circuits which have been on the F1 calendar since the early 1960s. The tunnel has always been part of the circuit through all these years. With modern day technology, drivers usually take it full throttle but also have to stick to their lines, especially at the exit of the tunnel as there is a very nasty bump at the exit which has been known to throw the cars into the barriers. There have been numerous incidents through the Monaco tunnel, most notably Sergio Perez‘s crash last year.
Pouhon is another of those famous corners which provides a great experience for a Formula 1 driver. The corner in itself is a fast sweeping left hander. The drivers have to be very precise with their braking at the entry of the corner and good traction and downforce is needed to take it full throttle.
Monte Carlo’s Grand Hotel Hairpin
You may be thinking why I have included it in the famous corners’ section. The truth is that the corner in itself is very tight and narrow and the drivers have to take it at speeds less than 50km/hr. The tightness of the corners means that drivers have to put in full steering lock. Some teams have to change their steering racks for this corner. Named after the Grand Hotel formely known as Lowes, it is a great place to watch F1 cars.
More of the famous corners in part 3!Published 29 Aug 2012, 13:34 IST