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A lap of Montreal with David Coulthard 12 Jun 2004

David Coulthard (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/19.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, Practice Day, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, 11 June 2004 David Coulthard (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/19.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, Practice Day, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, 11 June 2004 David Coulthard (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/19.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, Practice Day, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, 11 June 2004 Pascal Vasselon (FRA) Michelin F1 Manager with David Coulthard (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, Practice Day, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, 11 June 2004

The McLaren driver guides you on a flying lap of the celebrated Montreal track, host of the 2004 Canadian Grand Prix.

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

“You reach 185mph / 297kph in seventh gear along the short pit straight, before braking hard for the left-right weave of turns one and two. Located just before the pit lane exit, turn one is taken at 85mph / 112kph in third gear, and is immediately followed by the Coin Senna. This right-hand hairpin is negotiated at 50mph / 80kph in second gear.

“You push hard on the throttle as you exit the Coin Senna for the short straight that leads to the chicane of turns three and four. You drop from 160mph / 257kph in fifth to negotiate the right-left flick at 82mph / 131kph in second. Exiting turn four, you sweep flat out through the long right-hand curve of turn five, reaching 170mph / 273kph in sixth before once again braking hard for the left-right flick of turns six and seven.

“The first left-hander is taken at 50mph / 80kph in second with your speed increasing to some 90mph / 144kph in third for the right of turn seven. Full on the throttle on the exit as you power along the Place de la Concorde, achieving speeds of up to 195mph / 318kph in seventh gear, before dropping back through the gears for the right-left sequence of turns eight and nine.

“Entering the bumpy braking zone under the bridge for turn eight, your speed decreases to 70mph / 112kph in third gear. The slightly faster turn nine follows and this can be taken at 80mph / 128kph, still in third gear. Exiting turn nine, you blast along the sweeping straight that leads to the L'Epingle hairpin. Having reached speeds of 160mph / 257kph in fifth gear, you brake hard for the 180-degrees right hander, which swings you round onto the Droit du Casino.

“Accelerating along the main straight, you reach 195mph / 318kph in seventh gear as you approach the hardest braking point on the track. You pull -3.8G as you brake sharply to negotiate the final two corners that take you back to the start-finish straight. The right-left complex of bends is negotiated at 70mph / 115kph in third gear and you have to be careful not to jump the kerbs too aggressively.”