Jean-Eric Vergne says the lack of run-off at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is part of what makes the circuit so rewarding to drive.
“This event is on my personal podium for the best races of the year,” said the Toro Rosso driver.
“People say the track is dangerous and maybe that’s part of its appeal,” he explained. “I find the circuits where the barriers are a hundred metres away from the track a bit dull.”
“Taking a corner flat out, right on a knife edge, with walls to your left and right is a completely different feeling to going flat out where you know that if you go off you have several hundred metres of run-off.”
One of the most famous examples of the limited run-off at the track is the ‘Wall of Champions’ at the chicane at the end of the circuit.
“The last corner here before the pit straight is a good example,” said Vergne. “It’s a nice corner, as it’s quick and you have to jump two big kerbs, so it feels a bit like going back to one’s karting days, throwing the car around at high speed. It’s a work of art getting it right.”
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