Many race tracks around the world have at least one outstanding feature to boast of. For some, it’s a legendary or fearsome corner, for others, it’s a specific section of the track, or even the location itself. Drivers and fans will all have different opinions on what the most iconic race track features are, but here is a list of a few noteworthy ones.
- Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps — Eau Rouge: Eau Rouge is one of the most fearsome corners on any race track. It is, in fact, a complex network of corners, comprised of Eau Rouge and Raidillon. The circuit dips after the La Source hairpin, and when cars reach the bottom, they flick the steering wheel left into Eau Rouge, named for the stream that flows underneath the track, and then quickly right into Raidillon, which rises steeply into a blind summit. This corner is essential to get right in order to ensure maximum speed on the following Kemmel straight.
- Circuit de la Sarthe — Mulsanne Straight: The circuit on which the 24 Hours of Le Mans is contested used to boast an epic 6km straight line, where cars could set speeds of over 250 mph. After a series of fatal accidents in the 1980s, the straight line was broken up by two chicanes. Cars still reach over 200 mph today.
- Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca — Corkscrew: The Corkscrew is a stomach-churning left-right complex in which, the track drops more than 5-storeys in elevation between the two turns, in just 450 feet of racetrack.
- Hockenheimring — Forest: The old layout of the Hockenheimring had a high-speed section of the track where cars hurtled through the forest. This section was bypassed in the 2002 redesign by Herman Tilke.
- Circuit de Monaco — Loews Hairpin/tunnel: The Loews hairpin (now called the Fairmont hairpin) at Monaco is the slowest corner in F1, taken at just 30 mph. Shortly after the hairpin, the track enters its famous tunnel section.