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Take the green flag you have a quick look at your gauges and lap time before making the flat out left kink and concentrating for the second corner. Typically into this corner you trail brake in go down into second gear and concentrate on your two apex points as it's a double apex corner, coming out of this corner you have to feed in the power very gently because the track keeps turning left and you can find yourself running out of track quickly. Into the third corner you just have to be very smooth, it is a relatively simple but carrying good speed through and out is the key. 

This corner is second gear also. Corner four is very challenging because you should go through with it out lifting off the power if the car is right. Again the concept of the corner is very simple because there is only one racing line through it, but because you have been accelerating hard from the previous corner and you don't back off the power for this one it is very, very fast. 

Corner six is a corner that in particular suits my driving style. You have to carry lots of speed into a long third gear corner; there is some curb that you can use on the exit, which you have to get a good run onto the next short straight. Corner seven compresses in the middle of the apex, so the key is to just be very smooth and carry good speed in and through, but especially out because you climb a steep hill on the exit. Now were entering one of the most famous corners in racing, the corkscrew. 

The Corkscrew is relatively simple in terms of the racing line, but it is just a case of being in the right position on the racetrack to get a good run out into corner nine so that you don't have to back off the power at all. 

Corner nine is very deceptive, because it is so long, when you think you have to turn in to apex the corner, you should count to three before turning in, and be very gentle when you do turn in. Again, carrying speed through and out of this corner is crucial. 

Corner ten is one of the most simple on the racetrack. It is like all of the other second gear corners on this circuit. The key is carrying good speed all of the way through the corner, and to help this, you use a lot of the curb on the exit. 

Corner eleven in my opinion is the most important corner on the circuit, because it leads to a very long straight and your exit is crucial. This is one corner where you can make up a lot of lap time by just being patient. It is a relatively simple first gear hairpin, but because it is simple, you want to overcharge it and carry too much speed in. As long as I am patient with the power on the exit of this corner, that should be the key to me being on pole position at this awesome circuit. 

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