Any takers on pole time?
I'm guessing a 1:39.5 ish.
It's a very difficult track to get a good lap on, many people think that the two straights is where you lose a lot of time, but the truth is only the first long straight after the U-turn requires a lot of engine grunt, the second straight is much shorter, and a good exit from that annoying chicane is more important to carrying speed.
The most critical corners are in no specific order, turns 2 & 3 in the race as they're not flat out. The braking through 4 & 5, exit off of 8, exit of 12, and then every turn until the end of the lap as it's one long corner combination with strange cadence and lots of off camber gradients.
The medium speed corners are the biggest difference makers.
In fact if I were to design an F1 car, I'd make it so that it's handling and downforce get it around sector 3 of the old defunct Indian GP track as fast as possible.
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