3 TUNNEL VISION There’s no respite as the cars head into a tightening left-hander that funnels into a long, more open right-hand turn – all this with some other guy just feet from your door and the barriers inviting you in.
2 BRING THE SKILL
Coming off Turn 4, the
drivers show their chops
with a fast right-left
transition, followed by
another flirt with a concrete
wall – this time it’s Turn 1
on the shorter, inner oval.
Illustration Paul Laguette
wall looks cool;
it does not...
cars close in tandem drifting, but also highlight the drivers’ poise,
notes Formula D judge Ryan Lanteigne. Windshield wipers flapping
and turn signals flashing are a sign that not all is relaxed in the
cockpit. In contrast, “When you can really see a cool, calm, collected
driver who’s very much in control and able to do everything at once,
all while he’s looking ahead and just a foot or
two off the fender of the other car,” says
Lanteigne, “that’s when the technical section
plays out beautifully and you can really see the
difference in skill levels between drivers.”
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