The Formula 1 drivers are expecting a tough time at Turn 7 where the Fake Marina is located. Various drivers have already tried out the new route virtually in the simulator and after the track walk the gentlemen can only draw one conclusion: It will be a tough part. Especially since the corner starts blind. The turn then becomes much tighter and is followed by a sharp left pitch. What follows is a long run from turn eight to turn eleven where DRS can be used. Turn 11 is followed by a heavy braking section which is expected to be the best overtaking spot.
“I think it’s a unique and special job. It’s going to be fun,” says Yuki Tsunoda. “In between there are curves that I have never seen before. Turn 7 is almost blind, so big differences are made there. This is especially true if you miss the apex or get through perfectly. This bend ensures that there is a chance.” The number of overtaking maneuvers is increasing. I think this is the most important kink of the track as it will be difficult to get through every lap well. I don’t expect you to make that curve every time Nail† A good exit increases the chance of overtaking. After that there’s a tight section between turns 11 and 16, although I don’t expect much loss of downforce there. This means that following cars are ok and there are still opportunities to overtake in the last corner. We’re going to see a lot of fights.”
Teammate Pierre Gasly and Haas driver Kevin Magnussen mark the same corner. “From turn four, the pace is high,” said the Frenchman. “Turn 7 seems to have no end, you don’t see the exit and it’s really extremely long.” Magnussen agrees with his colleague. “I agree,” says the Dane. “What follows is a long straight and braking will be a bit strange there. It’s important to find the right line there because I don’t expect it to be straight.”
Mick Schumacher sees turn seven as a place where mistakes are easy to make. “It’s a spot where you can easily block,” said the German Haas driver. “The main question is how we as drivers deal with the tyres. You step on the brakes and take a lot of pressure off the left tire for a long time. It’s important to slow down, but at the same time you want to gain enough time.”