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Testing corners have drivers on the edge

As write this, I'm flying southwards in 'the land of the rising sun' in a bullet train from Tokyo to Suzuka. This is my first time to Japan and also my first time to the infamous Suzuka race circuit - one of the few remaining classic circuits left on the calendar. Karun Chandhok writes.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2011 23:31 IST

As write this, I'm flying southwards in 'the land of the rising sun' in a bullet train from Tokyo to Suzuka. This is my first time to Japan and also my first time to the infamous Suzuka race circuit - one of the few remaining classic circuits left on the calendar.

I'm really looking forward to driving at Suzuka. It looks fantastic on TV and certainly

I'm very excited about the Esses and the 130R corners which are meant to be two of the best sets of corners on the F1 calendar.

This got me thinking and brought me to the subject for this week's column - my favourite corners at race tracks around the world! Drivers in general enjoy high speed corners but also elevation changes give a corner character.

A quick change of direction is also a really enjoyable and satisfying challenge. So here's my top four.

Casino Square
A tremendous challenge as you drive between the narrow walls, approach at over 220kmh and have to commit to a very fast left hander over a completely blind crest which is so steep that all you see is the roof of the Casino ahead ! The next right around the Casino is bumpy and really requires confidence

Ascari Chicane
A super high speed chicane approached at over 300kmh before you turn left-right-left at nearly 200kmh! The car is always on the edge with the rear end sliding around but the precision needed to get this right is real 'threading the eye of the needle stuff'.

Maggotts/Becketts
Silverstone has traditionally been one of the fastest circuits in the history of F1 and when the re-designed it in 1991, the created one the greatest challenges for car and driver. An extremely high speed sequence of left-right-left-right-left corners approached very quickly in 7th gear these corners really separate the men from the boys. Standing on the grass bank here is probably the best place in the world to watch an F1 car.

Phuhon
The downhill double left hander at Phuhon is now the latest driver's favourite. You're constantly dropping downhill as you head towards the corner. A quick lift of the throttle, down a gear and a blind commitment at over 250kmh makes it one that's not for the faint hearted!