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15/08/2013

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Winding through the Spanish city’s harbour and docklands, Hermann Tilke’s 5.440km lap of Valencia consists of 25 turns, 11 left and 14 right, but, unlike Monaco’s tight and twisting street layout, the majority of Valencia’s turns are long and sweeping which has created a fast and flowing race track.

Drivers reach top speeds in excess of 300kph around the streets of Valencia and will spend 62% of the lap at full throttle, the longest period at which being 12 seconds between turns 10 and 12. With an average lap speed of 200kph. Tilke’s circuit stretches to 14 metres, and only drops to 12 metres at its narrowest.

Valencia demands a low downforce set-up to optimise the cars through the high speed lap, while the numerous braking events escalate brake wear. Due to its coastal location, sea breezes also cause some balance problems and a lack of grip in the initial stages of practice is an inevitability.

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