WATCH: The risk and reward of high-speed corners – and who Jolyon Palmer thinks needs to gain confidence for 2024


Watching an F1 car surge through a high-speed corner can be an awe-inspiring sight. It needs bravery, commitment and precision from the driver behind the wheel. These parts of a race track are perhaps the most dangerous and can be where things go badly wrong should a driver make an error.

While drivers spend less time in high-speed corners than in the low and medium-speed areas, this means that there are fewer opportunities to correct any mistakes, and as such drivers need to have the skill and confidence to avoid a potentially costly accident.

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In the third episode of Racing ID – the F1 TV series taking a deep dive into the skills of a Formula 1 driver – Jolyon Palmer explains the different factors involved in tackling a high-speed corner successfully, from car placement to maximising the entry point. And with forces of up to 6G being applied to the body, how a driver’s physical fitness is also crucial.

Racing ID: Palmer dissects the driving styles of the 2024 F1 grid

Each driver has their own preference for how they like to attack high-speed corners. Palmer looks into the ways in which a driver feels the grip – with Fernando Alonso particularly sensitive to this using his hands – as well as examining the impact of driving style and car set-up.

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The contrast in between approaches becomes particularly clear when Palmer compares Williams team mates Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant. Looking at the data, Palmer highlights how a lack of confidence through high-speed corners seems to have affected Sargeant in his rookie season. Can the American driver work on this as he enters his second season in F1 in 2024?

For all this and more, watch the latest episode of Racing ID on F1 TV by clicking here. You can also find every episode of the series so far by clicking here.


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