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A Lap of Indianapolis with Kimi Raikkonen 19 Jun 2004

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4/19.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, United States Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Indianapolis, USA, 19 June 2004 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren with his engineer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, United States Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Indianapolis, USA, 19 June 2004 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4/19.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, United States Grand Prix, Practice Day, Indianapolis, USA, 18 June 2004 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, United States Grand Prix, Practice Day, Indianapolis, USA, 18 June 2004

The McLaren driver, who finished second here last year, guides you on a flying lap of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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

“Powering up to some 209mph / 335km/h in seventh gear as you cross the famous yard of bricks, you then brake hard for the tight right hander that takes you onto the twisty infield section of the track. The 90-degree turn is taken at 56mph / 90km/h in second gear and flows into an equally tight left-hander, which is taken at of 71mph / 115km/h, still in second.

“The circuit then gently bends to the right as you accelerate to turn four. You brake from speeds of around 140mph / 225km/h in fifth to 80mph / 128km/h for the right hander. A short burst of power takes you to turn five, a 45-degree right hander, which is taken at 71mph / 115km/h in second gear.

“Another quick spurt on the throttle leads to the long 180-degree left hander of turn six. This swings you into turn seven, a right-hander that is negotiated at similar speeds and leads onto the back straight.

“Accelerating towards the 90-degree turn eight, you reach 181mph / 290km/h in seventh gear before dropping to 75mph / 120km/h in third for the left hander. The s bends of turns nine and ten follow immediately. The tight right-hander of nine is taken at 46mph / 75km/h in first gear, with your speed increasing ever so slightly to 56mph / 90km/h in second for the left hander of ten. On the exit it’s quick on the power along the short straight that leads to the final corner of the infield section, reaching some 126mph / 200km/h, before braking to 81mph / 130km/h to negotiate the right hander.

“Accelerating out, the circuit begins to curve to the right as you rejoin the oval. Flicking up through the gears, you keep hard on the throttle through the rights of turns twelve and thirteen, which leads you back onto the pit straight. Turn twelve is taken at 156mph / 250km/h and by the time you reach the long, sweeping banking of turn 13, you are travelling at some 190mph / 305km/h in top gear as you begin another lap.”