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A lap of Imola with McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen 22 Apr 2004

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4/17D.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Imola, Italy, 18 April 2003 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Imola, Italy, 19 April 2003 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4/17D gets sideways.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Imola, Italy, 18 April 2003 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4/17D.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Imola, Italy, 19 April 2003

The Finnish star describes a flying lap of the Autodromo Dino e Enzo Ferrari, venue for this weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix.

For a map of the circuit layout, please click here.

“Accelerating hard along the short pit straight at Imola, you reach 180mph / 289kph in seventh gear as you wind through the scenic Italian countryside. You brake hard for the left-right-left Tamburello chicane, which is negotiated at 75mph / 125kph in second gear through the left-hand entry.

“You lift slightly for the middle of the chicane, a right hander, and as you exit the final left flick, you push hard and flat on the throttle, achieving a speed of 185mph / 296kph in seventh gear along the straight that leads to Villeneuve. The leftright chicane is taken at 105mph / 170kph in third gear.

“A short burst of power takes you down to the tight left hairpin of Tosa, which is negotiated at 55mph / 88kph in second. On the exit you climb up the hill towards the flowing Piratella. Powering up through the gears, you reach 175mph / 281kph in sixth gear along the straight before hitting the brakes for the 125mph / 201kph bumpy left-hander.

“The track then drops downhill, this sees you reach some 165mph / 265kph in sixth gear before dabbing the brakes for the slight left hand flick before braking hard for the bumpy right of Acque Minerali, which is taken in second gear at 70mph / 110kph.

“Accelerating out of the Acque Minerali, your speed increases to 165mph / 270kph in sixth gear on the straight that leads you to the Variante Alta. This chicane is negotiated at a minimum speed of 75mph / 125kph in third gear and sees the cars riding the curbs quite hard. This leads you onto another straight, which sees your speed increase to 178mph / 286kph in seventh gear.

“Braking for Rivazza is quite difficult and hard for the brakes as the track drops downhill, the double left swings you round 180 degrees and is taken at 60mph / 100kph in second. On the exit you accelerate hard along the Variante Bassa straight, which sees you reach 180mph / 290kph in seventh before braking hard for the right-left flick of Traguardo. Taken in second gear at 59mph / 94kph, the final chicane flicks you back onto the start-finish straight to begin another lap.”